Monday, July 25, 2011

Well this week was pretty good. Presidente has a new rule for us to see 300 contacts a week. It is going to be reeeeeaaaal hard to do, but it is possible! I absolutely love the weather here! I am pretty used to the heat and every night we have a sky fulll of lightning! It is sooo beautiful! Really I think it is better than fireworks! Some nights there are a good 30 to 40 lighting bolts a minute! It is crazy! One day my companion Elder Heath and I were walking and it started to rain. So we took shelter to  put our books in grocery bags so they didn't get wet. Directly across the street a house had a antenna and it got struck by lightning! IT was soooo bright!!!! And it sounded like a transformer! I have never seen anything like that! It was pretty scary, but way awesome! I am almost done with the book, Jesus the Christ. I can't put it down. It really is the greatest book I have read. This week we had a family home evening with a menos activo. He was a strong member at one point but now is completely inactive. He is way cool and we watched the Joseph Smith movie. After he started asking us some weird questions about the Book of Mormon. He was mos defs reading a lot of anti mormon stuff. I hated it! But I stopped him and bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I told him it didn't matter what anyone says to me about the Book of Mormon because I have asked God and he showed me the truth of this book. He didn't have anything else to say. Really, I know that the Book of Mormon is true. 100 percent sin dudas!!!! I really think we had a effective lesson with him and he is going to reactivate! There is a indian tribe here called Huicholes. They wear very colorful clothes and are as lamanite as it gets, and they speak an awesome language! I only know the extreme basics right now like hello, goodbye, and how are you, but soon I will be a white Indian boy.
My pet cockroach!

The Baptism of the Cuellar Family


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Well we won the battle with satan and the Cuellar family was Baptized!!!! It was a B E A utiful experience! Only one thing went wrong, the drain broke so when it came time to baptize, it was like barely above my knees. I got to baptize the Mom who, well is a little on the heavy side. She is soooo awesome, but it was a struggle! But no worries, everything worked out perfect!The spirit was way strong! Gissell is the oldest daughter and is 16 and she is going to efy next week! It's free down here so it is such and awesome missionary tool. YA- its the same everything too! All free! They all received the Holy Ghost yesterday in sacrament meeting and the Bishop asked my companion and I to confirm them. I was kind of nervous, but it went great! They all told us that they felt the spirit way strong! We had quite the adventure this week, We had Comida with a Hermana from the ward, Hermana Consuelo. She is 82 years old and lives alone and is blind. I dont know how she does it??? It was raining super hard on the walk to her house and the winds destroyed our umbrellas and we were completely soaked when we showed up and she told us to take of our shirts to hang them up to dry. Of course we told her we could not but she told us "I dont have eyes so it doesn't matter if you have shirts on or not!" Still I felt way weird so we stayed clothed. When she told us she didn't have eyes I thought that was just another way of saying blind in spanish??? But nope she took one her eyes out and showed us that it wasnt real. She was awesome!!!!! I dont know how she did it but she made us a nice pot of beans. It actually was way good! Our bishop here is one of the coolest guys I have met in my life! He is a way humble farmer of sugar cane and is always laughing! We went to his house for a Comida and of all temptations in my life - he was watching ROCKY I!!!!! And if it makes things worse it was in English with spanish subtitles!! Turns out he is a big rocky fan and as you all know, so am I! We walked in at the part where Apollo was coming in dressed like George Washington so I knew the final fight was soon! Oh the temptation! But I stayed strong and studied my vocab instead of watching. I asked the Bishop which rocky movie was his favorite and it turns out we both love number 4 with IVAN DRAGO!!!!!!! It is a great movie but it can wait til after the mish. I was with some investigators and they gave me a bowl of something called cococi. I thought it was something derrived of a cocunut but nope, it was actually a type of rotted milk that is frozen. It was terrible! Well we have a few investigators that are close to baptism, we are hoping for two more this week. The language is good, the food is good( besides cococi)! I love this town, and I love being a missionary! 
The Coolest Bishop and Rocky Fan!


Monday, July 11, 2011

 This picture and message were sent to Sam and Parker's email with strict instructions to not share with Mom. (I know their password!) "this place is sooooo cool - way dangerous though and people die almost every day here. We walked by this house that got shot up 2 days earlier by the mafia down here and 2 people died. It was sooo scary! DON'T SHOW OR TELL MOM!!!! I don't want her worrying about me"!!!!!!!!
     Well we had goood things and bad things happen this week. Our baptisms kind of fell through, but not to worry they are being baptised tomorrow. We had to battle with satan and destroy him first. I am way excited for tommorrow and I have faith that nothing will impede their baptism tommorrow. We are working really hard with one of our investigators that has a lot of addictions, but really she has the desire to change and overcome all of them. It is so awesome to see people change their lives like that. I am the best lizard catcher in Nayarit. The Mexicans were all amazed how good my lizard cathing abilites were. I am loving the food here! This town is famous for its shrimp! There is the comida called ceviche that is one of my favorites from Guadalajara - it is raw fish on a tostada with a bunch of other stuff, but they have it with raw shrimp here and its even better!!! I highly reccomend it. We had a huuuuuge storm the other day! All of the roads were rivers - like dangerous fast rivers and lightning was EVERYWHERE! AND SOOOOO CLOSE!!!!! There was almost no space between seeing the entire neighborhood light up and the loudest thunder I have every heard. It literally hurt my ears! I really do believe that was the loudest sound I have ever heard in my life! It was scary, but it was sooo awesome! It has rained every evening for the past 2 weeeks and I hear it is  like this until October, but I am fine with it. A huge tree was blown down and is in the middle of the street I  imagine it will be there for 4 months before it is moved. haha! I found a Bulgarian pizza restaurant here!!!! It has Bulgarian letters and everything! Don't worry Neil- I will take a picture of it for you. Saturday we got on a bus and the bus driver gave me my money back and told us that he doesn't charge missionaries. He was speaking in perfect english and he was awesome! He was born and raised in Compton, California (ya the dangerous place). But he has been living with his dad in Mexico for a couple years. But he told us a story about how he was driving his bus and in the middle of the road was a gang fight with grenades and he almost died! He had to drive the bus backwards, flooring it for a couple blocks. I told him he was batman and he laughed. Well I really do feel 100 percent safe here! I love all of the people here! I really do love every second of my mission!
No, this is not the missionaries apartment. (notice the hundreds of bullet holes all over)

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

     Today we said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem and it was really great! AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!! (of course all in private, we don't want any problems). Well this week was pretty good. It rained everyday and I finally bought an umbrella today! These roads turn into rivers when it rains, so my feet are white and gross and raisiny. We have 3 baptisms this week which I am pretty excited for! We are baptizing a family that actually is from San Diego and the kids speak English but the mom doesn't. The dad is in United States still. They are awesome! We had a pretty successful week this week and found a lot of people that could really use the gospel in their lives. My companion and I still don't speak English to each other, so spanish is awesome. I love our house that we have, except for the part about how it doesn't have a toilet seat! But really they are more of a luxury item rather than a necisidad. I am still getting use to the area, which is rough, but with time it will come. This place is sooooo green! The mountains are beautiful and everything! 
The beautiful views of Nayarit, my new apartment
and Elder Heath.