Tuesday, October 30, 2012

OCTOBER 29.

October 28th marked the exact day in 4 weeks that Elder Chadwick will be home. We pick him up at 8:55 p.m. on November 28th but then who's counting.


Hey,
Looks like the whole mission is not doing to good.
The zone leaders called 8 of the 12 areas in the zone to say that we need to step it up.
It is hard but we are working. We are doing everything to get references since we can't tract, street contact or meet with any members during the day.
We are making cakes....I made my first double layer cake....washing dogs...teaching piano and English and a lot more.
We even had a mutual with the young men to get them ready for the mission.
I am excited to see what happens. Pres. is really mad at everyone.
How the bishop wants alot of time to prepare for a mission activity. (He wants to save it for my last weekend)
OH!!! I am playing the piano and helping the primary with their program. We have taught them three songs in two weeks!
I get my mad skills from my mother.
I am going to work hard to the end. Please stop worrying that I am going to give up!!
I am now praying for the flower shop more then ever. When I get home we will figure something to get things really going.
If I have to go door to door as the hot/handsome/flower man selling flowers I will....hahaha.
Today I scored 3 goals!!!! And hurt my foot playing soccer.
I am going to miss tortillas....
Elder Chadwick

CATCHING UP

Editors Note;
Elder Chadwick has been sending less and less information. Therefore we will rely on a letter to Stacie and a few snip its of information.
Thanks for your patience.

Hey Stacie,

Can you send me a picture of your scriptures. The lady is not sure what I am talking about and I am not either...hahaha. 
I had an alright week. We received a reference and went and had a FHE with a great family. We asked if we could come back and they said yes. So we went back two days later, had a beautiful talk about the "Proclamation on the Family" and then they dumped us like rocks in the ocean....it stunk....like a skunk. Now we don't have any investigators...if we don't get any in two weeks I am not going to baptize for the rest of my mission. Now the pressure is on. Well, I am still happy and doing great. Let the good times roll sis!!!
Love ya!!!
Elder Chadwick

Editor's Note again.
We sent him a letter telling him to leave his extra clothing and other things he isn't using for other Elders that may need them that don't have anything. This was his response. 


I am going to leave almost everything here. Ask Jordan and the girls if they want soccer jerseys. 
I am just going to bring home: 3 white shirts. 2 pants, 3 pairs of socks. Garments that I didn't use a lot or don't have sweat marks. 
My journals and my Preach My Gospel. That is about it. And all the clothes you sent me that I cant throw away. 

Hey,
So one of the hermanas is a dentist, I asked her how much for a cleaning. "For you, free!"
So I went and got my teeth clean. I can proudly say I still have no cavities. 
This week was hard. We are not having much success. 
We did a FHE with a new family and they dropped us two days later. 
Elder Miguel called me, he wants me to come down in January. 
We will see what happens. 
I am trying to read the new testament and the book of Mormon before the end of the mission. I started last Friday. 
My companion and I are in the stake choir. We are also singing in church on Sunday. 
LOVE IT!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Elder Chadwick

Monday, October 15, 2012

OCTOBER 15, 2012

Sorry I was stressing about the future. I am now more cool. Heavenly Father told me to take it easy and just work. We have a good relationship now.
Don't worry we will work really hard. We are going to fall back into are old/new routine and it will be good.
I am happy that my other companion is now in another ward. I learned a lot of patience from him.
He would always be calling me names and poking me or throwing something at me. He threatened to stab me three times.
I might have deserved it but only God knows.
I am not worried about anything anymore. I am ready to work until the end.
I loved conference. It was great. Elder Hollands talk was amazing.
I accidently laughed out loud while watching the morning session in spanish. I knew it was funny so I laughed. Everyone was looking at me.
Tonight we are going to celebrate like you told me. I am going to buy pizza. It will be good.
We had yet another debate about the word of wisdom. it was funny.
The class went overtime for 30 mintues. We didn't leave church until 8 at night.
We then took a taxi. (Which costs only $30 pesos) We went to the famila Patranas house to drink hot chocote and eat toast. It is a tradition. LOVE IT!
That is all. Love you all....
Elder chadwick
P.S. I am excited to see Colton. I have been thinking about him lately. We will party like it is 2012 when I get home.
Well, I have to go. We are going to go get my companions hair cut and then go eat...yum.
Thanks for the support. I love you alot.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

OCTOBER 8 VERY SHORT!

So yesterday we had to go to Cuarnavaca for special interview with pres., (stuff that my Ecuadorian companion did).
So I took the opportunity to talk to pres. about college. He said that BYU Idaho is a better option. I agree. 
I can always transfer to BYU Provo in a year. 
He told me that there is a "return missionary" thing that all the deadlines go away. 
It would only cost $1,700 a semester or something. 
Please look into it. Love ya!!!

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND OCT. 1 E-MAIL








So last tuesday we got a call from the Zone Leaders. They said there was going to be a missionary coming to stay with us for two weeks.
So we had to move everything around in our little apartment and put another bed in there.
Elder Fuertes arrive Wed. at noon. He is from Ecuador.....just like Elder Fernandez.
lets just say it is the same story...sadly.
Last week I did get him to do division with the bishop from barrio angeles, and we had an hermano Local, or a local missionary, to be with him this week.
UNTIL TODAY!!! The Zone Leader pulled me aside during soccer and said that elder fuertes has to be with me at all times. He cannot be with anyone else.
Lets just say, I want to come home now!!!
I don't know what to do. I didn't say anything to Pres in my interview with him on Sat. because I thought I was going to be with Elder Solomon.
Now things have changed.
I had a great birthday.
I did have a fever the night before and could not sleep so I got to say happy birthday to my self at 12.
My fever broke at 4 and I got 2 more hours of sleep.
In the night time the Familia Pastrana sang "Las Mayanitas" or Happy Birthday in spanish.
The tradition is to bite a piece of the cake and someone slams your face into it.
It was quiet pleasant.
The guy with the vine bottle is Hno. Pastrana. He is like Bruce lee and Jackie Chan mixed together.
There is no alcohol in the vine. He was just pretending.
Well, have to go to a meeting.
Love you all








Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SHORT AND SWEET

Elder Chadwick only wrote a short note to his dad this week. You will see it below.
He did mention on another short e-mail to me that he is feeling fine and doing well. He is struggling
with the new rules. I had mentioned to him about watching Elder Holland's CES talk and this was his response. Not sure what a "memoria" is.


I bought a new memoria and will try to watch it this week.
I can go on lds.org and Mormon.org now.
I also have been reading Jordan's blogs.
I loved the emails.
I don't really have anything to say this week.
Everything is really slow with the new rules.
But every night is Family Night here!!!

The new rules say they can't go into a home without a priest age or older male with them. They usually have to wait until school is out at three. That is why every night is FHE. They do a lot of their teaching then.
As for the rule about no street contacting, he didn't mention why. I will ask him again.


hey dad,
Everything is just peachy here. I am loving life.
We had a conference with pres. and he told us that he was not going to tell
us what to do with these new rules but that we had to go to the Lord with
faith to find the answers.
I am going to write Jordan today. Mom has commanded me to do so.
We don't have a lot of people to teach. We are helping an 8 year old prepare
for baptism.
I am excited to come home in 9 weeks. It seems so close.
Mom seems to be preparing me with sending me articles by Janice Kapp Perry.
I am not really excited to find a wife though. It is a tricky business,
right?
I guess I should just not think about it until I get home.
I really want to return for the sealing of one of the families I baptized
in March.
Well, I hope you have a great week.
Love
Elder Chadwick

Sunday, September 23, 2012

SEPTEMBER 17 POST with photos

This post is a week late.
I will be posting his letter to his dad and the one to me.
As you can read, they can barely work.
I'm not sure why right now but hopefully will find that out soon.
Keep him in your prayers.
Tina

To Daryl
Hey,
Things are really hard right now. We can barely work.
It is true that we cant contact people in the street and we also cannot knock
doors.
We have alot of new standards in the mission.
It is going to be a slow ten weeks. But we are going to have a meeting with
Pres. Kusch tomorrow so things will be better I think.
My companion and I get along great. I am having a great time.
I am not ripped yet but we are training every morning with Hno. Ninja.
I hope you have a great time in Kansas. "Theres no place like home...."
haha.
Have a great day dad. Love ya
Elder Chadwick


Hey mom,
Things are getting really slow. We can't do a lot right now with all the new rules.
I don't know what to do right now.
Just imagine you are me.
You can't knock doors and you can't contact people on the street.
You also can't enter a house without a priest or someone that is 18 years old or older. Or 4 women.
The men work all day, the priest, if there are priest, are in school.
What would you do from 11 o'clock to 3 o'clock?
The new standards of the mission say that we have to have these numbers every week:
Baptisms and Confirmations: 1
With a baptism date: 15
In Sacrament meeting:10
With member: 50% or 15 lessons
References received: 25
References contacted: 25
New investigators: 20
Lessons in total: 30
I am not complaining... but there are not even 25 families in the ward that are active.
I know everything is possible with God on our side. But this is too much.
My opinion is in the next year they are going to close areas or missions.
When we told the Relief Society and Priesthood these numbers their heads lowered.
We asked them what they would do....they in turn asked us who put these new rules.
We just pointed up. I still believe that our leaders are inspired but I don't have alot of ideas what to do.
One of the things that did come to mind when I was showing these knew numbers to the Relief Society is:
We split the area into teams, 4 to 6 sisters to a team with one leader. Every week we meet with each team discussing the needs of each family, if they need anything and how they are doing with the mission work with there neighbors etc.
This last week we had two Mexican nights. It was fun to see the tradition they have here in Mexico.
I sang in on of the programs and was the master of ceremonies in the other.
I sang "Yo no fui" by Pedro Fernandez.
I had a blast and everyone got a laugh out of it.
I am working out in the morning with Hno. Ninja still. It is kind of embarrassing because I am not that flexible.
I hope that I can do the splits before I leave....hahaha.
Well, if I think of something I will write more.
Elder Chadwick
The two compadres!

Mr. M.C.

Elder Chadwick's Companion

Monday, September 10, 2012

EARLY BIRTHDAY AND BAPTISMS


Baptisms this week.


The arrival of the birthday package. Early too. he said
"Loved the birthday package so much I had to put on the shirt to play volleyball. I have to say that I think it was the reason we won. Everyday is Gameday. (Except SUNDAY) I would tell BYU that but they would probably punch me. 

Elder Chadwick's new scripture covers
Dont cry mom but I am just thankful for all the things you do for me so I chose to put you and your stripling worrior on the cover of my triple. 







The scripture cover picture and the real picture of the baptism. Elder Chadwick had Elder Johansen added in because this family was taught by him and Elder Chadwick. 







This is going to be a short one, but a good one indeed. 
My companion and I are doing great. We are like the trinity. One! 
We are already completing each others sentences. 
He is a band nerd too and did marching band for 8 years. 
I am so glad I have someone that can understand almost everything I am 
going through. 
On Thursday I gave the Aaronic Priesthood to Hermano Porfilio. 
After, we started teaching his daughter Clara the commandments. 
While teaching the Word of Wisdom the mother of the family told us the 
father had been smoking that morning. I looked at the bishop, he was really embarrassed. 
We told the Hno. that if he wanted to baptize his daughter he could not smoke or drink ever again. 
He kept his promise. 
This last week was really great. The barrio angeles had 30 more people that came to church. 
We learned about faith in church and I can tell all the wards we are working in will need more. 
I don't know if you know this but in October ALL the missionaries in Mexico cannot knock doors or
contact people in the street. Almost all the work is going to fall on the members shoulders. 
We mentioned it in ward council about the rule that we can't eat in a house with only the mom there. 
Everyone started to complain. It was bad. But in the end they were calmed and agreed it is more important to be obedient. 

I am excited for the the next two and a half months. I am going to end well with Elder Solomon. 

So last week I was hanging with the zone leaders and they were buying new watches. 
I felt I didn't need to buy one. Today in the mail I received one from my mother. I thought I was about
to pull a BEN 10 and transform. It is awesome. I already ate all the Twizzlers btw. (with the help of the zone)

The weather is perfect here in Chilpo. Some times we hear the rain coming and we run for cover. 
Some times it comes down really hard. 

So I had the privilege of baptizing Javier. I was almost baptized with him. He is a big boy. 
I got wet up to my pectoral muscles. haha. Good thing the wall was there to support me. 
Everyone got a good laugh out of it. I am glad the angels were there so I didn't drop him. 

So my companions sister in law has two moms. Lesbians. She is related to both because they did an experiment and 
it worked. She was converted to the gospel at the age of 18. I really got a kick out of that story. 
I was talking to my comp this morning about seminary. He said he was the only student for two years. Then the class doubled. 
One person moved in. HAHAHAHA. 

I am so content with how things are going. Today was like my happy not birthday but hey I am in Mexico so I will celebrate anyway. 
Well, you all have a great week. Pray for my brother please. I hope he has some Tom Monson experiences in basic. 
PEACE.
Elder Chadwick

Saturday, September 8, 2012

SEPTEMBER 3, 2012


Jorge and Elder Chadwick all wet!



Photos of him after sinking in the mud from about 2 weeks ago.
What a mess!!


This last week was probably one of the hardest weeks of my life. I learned alot from all the experiences I had. It will probably be more easy for you to understand the things that happened this last week if I write each persons story individually. 

Nelly
Two weeks ago we received a phone call that we needed to go pick up Nelly to go to church. In the taxi on the way to church we got to know more about her. She had been assisting in Atoyac, having 4 times in church. We put a date to visit her during the week to see how much she knows. When we arrived Tuesday and she had some questions about modesty. We explained to her that our bodies are temples of God and we need to protect them. Also that we are all children of God. During the next two weeks we left chapters in the BofM and a challenge to pray to know if baptism was the right things to do. Alot of people in her school were against her being baptized, but thankfully she has members in her classes to stick up for her. So last Wednesday we challenged her to pray again and to send a text message if she wants to be baptized this weekend. While in a FHE we received a text saying that she had received an answer to her prayer and would love to be baptized Sunday so that she could invite her friends. We reviewed that things we taught her Saturday and she passed her interview with flying colors the next day. Elder Fernandez baptized her. After Nelly said she didn't believe her friends when they said baptism is like nothing else and the feeling is marvelous. But now she has a testimony that it is indeed marvelous. In Sacrament Meeting I confirmed her a member of the church and gave her the Holy Ghost. 

Cesar
Cesar I met my first week here in a FHE. A week and a half later he asked us what he needed to do to be baptized and sealed in the temple. Elder Fernandez and Elder Bagley had taught him everything so we told him all that he needed was to go to church. So we reviewed the lessons with him and had him read more in the BofM. His girl friends family are all members. Three weeks ago all inactive but now all active because of Cesar and his desire to be baptized. Elder Fernandez baptized and confirmed him. 
After his baptism Cesar gave a powerful testimony of the church and that is is true. The spirit was really strong.

Jorge
Jorge is 17 years old. He lives in a pueblo 3 hours from Chilpo. He came to live with his sister and her family. His brother-in-law is the elders quorum pres. we received the reference from him. Jorge needed a little bit more time to prepare than the others. (Because his b-on-law thought he was kind of gay) But we taught him the law of chastity and he was fine. While teaching he was kind of slow to answer easy questions but we could tell the spirit was helping him because he began to read faster and his answers where more longer. Every Sunday he came to church in his church clothes with the "Future Missionary" name tag. That is a great sign!!! He chose me to baptize him. 
We had three baptisms on Saturday. One at 12 and the others at 1. But Cesar didn't show up on time and so we started the services for Fanni and Cesar at 1. Jorge being late too. Right before Elder Fernandez entered the water with Cesar, Jorge showed up!!! So he quickly got ready and was baptized too. After I baptized him and the doors where shut he went and bathed in the water two times more. ha ha. It was really funny. We then took the picture, both soaked. haha. 
The ward mission leader ask Jorge to share his thoughts after and he was really nervous and so I had to help him. It was hilarious because I was talking and then asked him..."do you want to saying something more...???" but he wasn't talking. What an experience. 

Fanny
Fanny´s dad is a clown. That is his job. One day we went to visit fanny and her dad was putting on his make up. AWKWARD!!
The clown, which I call "Hermano Clown", he always says "Hay gordo" or "hey Fatty".
Fanny only being 9 years old was a little bit more difficult to teach. We had to go over everything three times. But he got it and the interview for her baptism only lasted like 7 minutes. She also chose me to baptize her. It was great. The only bad, or that I think was wrong is the her dad filmed the baptism. I couldn't do anything about it. Because the fiestas are always on Sunday her dad could not attend her confirmation. But his wife is working on that. Her name is Hna. Zumba, because she teaches zumba classes. 

Well, I will be getting on later because my new companion has not arrived yet. I will send the pictures of the baptisms later. 
Elder Fernandez left at 7 in the morning. 
Love you all. 
Elder Chadwick

Monday, August 27, 2012

AUGUST 27

I am doing great mom. I have the members and my converts helping me.
I only have one more week with Elder F.
In the morning I caught him watching the new X-Men and other movies.
He doesn't know that because he was in the bathroom when I checked the DVD player.
It is funny because the members are now all on my side.
We are going to baptize three people this next weekend.
They are all very prepared.
I am sorry I don't really have any stories.
We moved dirt on Saturday. It was a great workout.
I am working out every morNing now for one hour.
I also try to eat only two tortillas everyday.
It is working....I think.
I am trying to get more flexible.
One of my goal is to the splits by the end of my mission.
Here is a little story.
So there is a little creek that we have to cross to get to some of our appointments.
They are doing construction on part of the creek, so they took out the bridge.
So we found another way to cross. My compain went first then I did.
He made it up the little hill on the other side easily. So I thought I could.
Well, let just say i stepped in the wrong place and down I went.
I sunk into the mud, past my knees. It took a half an hour to get out.
Half way through I looked up and there was a tube sticking out of the hill....
It was their bathroom tube....so much for plumbing, right?
Yesterday I gave a talk. The bishop called us Friday night, free topic.
We got to choose. So I was laying on my bed Saturday night pondering about what I should do.
I didn't know what to write or talk about. So my talk was, "What to do when we don't know what to do?" It turned out great. I took three talks I had read and reread them and then mixed them together for a super talk. I was thinking about how I could grab the attention of the members because it was obvious they were not really listening to the first speaker. So when I got up to talk I said, "This last mothers day my parents wen to Hawaii. In Hawaii before someone gives a talk they say "Aloha""
Then I said, " ALOHA". They caught on the second time I said it. It was great. Then with everyone attention I asked them the title of my talk. They were interested what would happen next that some shouted out the answer. haha. It was great.
Next my compain talked about his experience in a Judo tournament, how he lost.
Well, all the young women were around him after Sacrament meeting.(I just scratched my head)
The older guys, elders and High Priests were going around saying ALOHA to everyone.
It was a great experience.
My scripture covers are not done yet. I am sad. They wont be done until Sunday.
Ok, right now before I forget. Please call Elder Johansen and tell him that we baptized Daniel on Saturday. He turned 18 and was baptized right away. He was one of the first people that I taught with Elder Johansen. If he doesn't remember tell him that his girlfriends dad name is Julio and takes pictures for a living and kind of speak English.
The next month we have a goal of 5 baptisms. I haven't put a goal like that in a while. I know we can complete it because we have three people getting baptized the first week.
And there are also other people that are ready to go in the following weeks.
I am surprised we are having baptisms when we (my companion) are not exactly obedient.
Once again he is not in his church clothes so I look kind of weird walking in Centro.
We are going to play basketball today. It is going to be fun. I have been waited to play for 4 months.
When I get home I really want to join a team and play ball. It will help me get back in shape.
I am happy to go back to the singles ward. I am ready to be in Utah again.
Please tell Jodie and Stacie sorry that I could not write them because I was writing you and my companion cut my time short.
Love ya.
Elder Chadwick

AUGUST 20TH


Hey mom,
I am hanging in there. I will try to have this be a good letter. HAHA!!!
I really want to have a good mission too but remember,"It takes two to tango."
 
I really don't want to talk bad about my companion, but he is making me stronger by being my biggest problem.
The whole zone hates him. I am not kidding. Elder Crook, my old district leader, asked me how my companion is...
I told him.
My companion lied straight to the Zone Leaders faces. So every week we play soccer. The problem was that too many members were coming to play and we were sitting for a long time. So the zone leaders tried a couple different things. We went to the zoo one week and one week they played basketball. They even changed the times.
But the members knew when and where because my companion would tell them. So they all knew we were playing at 1 instead of at 11.
 
It is just a show for this guy. I feel horrible because everything he teaches is hypocrisy. He turns around and says or does something else. I am sick of this. I have never felt so bad for my fellow companion and brother. I continue praying for him everyday.
 
So every zone conference there is a video of the baptism for the last two months. I was not on it. (Because we didn't sent in the two or three fotos)
But Elder Oswald, my mtc companion, is doing fantastic with Elder Abernathy as zone leaders. They are baptizing alot. I am going to give him a great big hug when I see him.
It is great to know that I still have brothers and sisters that are strong in the gospel.
When I say sister I mean, Jessica Brady, she wrote me in July and I just received her letter last week.
It was great and funny. She already turned down two guys for marriage. She is doing great. She said to me, "I am glad that I have a brother strong in the gospel"
 
Those kind of thing really motivate me. Also, there was a stake primary activity on Saturday. It was great. Alot of Mexican music and dancing and acting scenes from the book of Mormon.
Victor and Mirta were there with their family. I had a great talk with Vitctor. They both received their Patriartical Blessings!!!!!! More brothers and sisters in the tribe of Ephriam.
He told me that he received his first Liahona, magazine, this month. A member gave him 15 issues of the Liahona. He has alot to read. He was quoting alot of prophets and things and it was amazing.
They are bringing their extended family into the gospel. It is great.
 
So their is a lady that does scriptures protection covers with leather. She is really good and can do almost anything someone can imagine. I am getting some done right now.
I am going to have to be diligent with my money after this. I will take a picture after and then you can decide if you want some for Christmas presents or gifts.
I am going to put the Victor Family on the inside of the book of Mormon. It is going to be great. I am so excited.
 
We had 9 people come to church this Sunday. And we reactivated two families. One of the people is named Jorge. He is a returned missionary and has not been to church for a long time until yesterday. We are pals. We are going to baptize his brother in law next week. We are also going to baptize a family of three that we are teaching. The Hermanas Missionaries prepared them for us.
With the bishop of barrio (ward) Angeles we found 12 families and got to know them. We are have alot to do. The hard thing is that the Elders quorum pres. is inactive and we don't have a ward mission leader.
 
So it is kind of sad to get to church on time and not start on time and have not many people there.
The Stake President was in our Zone Conference this last week. I asked him in front of everyone (it was a question and answer period) what we could do and why the crazy schedule.
He told me it came from the Area Presidency of Mexico. So there is an hour in between meeting so we can feel the spirit more.
President Kusch gave a great example of faith. First the Pioneers. Second, when President Hinckly announced in a conference at BYU Idaho that there would not be anymore college sports there.
Pres. said that many students complained. But it needed to happen. (Pres. Kush was happy to not drive to a game in a snow storm in August)
He also gave this example: While a stake president at BYU Idaho he want to have a general priesthood meeting. He made the decision to have the 2nd of Feb. at 6 pm. Many people told him that he was out of his mind to have the meeting at this hour, this day. Why? THE SUPER BOWL. (I personally was stunned) Then he told us that he got to the meeting twenty minutes early. No one was there, only his councilors. Five minutes before the meeting.....the whole place filled up. They had one of the most spiritual experiences ever.
 
Where is our faith?? How can we build the faith of others?
We all know the drill. Lets just do it right???
 
I am still happy to be a missionary serving the Lord and trying to do my best.
Please pray for me companion and me.
I feel bad that I cant be 100% obedient because of my companion. I feel bad because we cant teach with the spirit because we are disobedient.
But life goes on and one day I will not have a companion to drag me down, one day I will be able to control all that I do. No strings attached.
 
Today I was reading and I found something I liked...In Alma 1:25 it says "and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them."
I love that, it is just what I needed. I love how the scriptures will never fail us. They are my best friends right now.
If you have persecution that is heaped upon you, fear not, have patience. Love it.
 
Some time I can't express in words the love I have for my Savior, His Father, and Holy Ghost.
Little by little I know I will become like them some day.
 
Oh, so I did receive the dearelders!!!!!
 
I am excited to work this week and learn new things. I love writing the things I learn in my journal.
I thought is was boring at first, writing in my journal. But it is indeed a blessing.
 
Well I have to write my father.
Thanks for being a great mom. I love all the things you send to me. They are always on time.....you not only have a third eye but an antenna hooked to your head.
Love ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Chadwick
 

AUGUST 13TH

Hey,
My week was great. The change in companions was alright. I feel like a loner here. 
My companion does not really communicate with me at all. He sleeps until 8 and then takes a quick shower and studies in his garments. 
I am loving being here in Chilpo. The testimonies of the people here are great. 
I am a little disturbed because some of my converts here have gone "loco".
Jose and his wife are now separated and he is not going to church. But I called him today and he came to play soccer with me.
He is going to start coming to one of my wards until things cool down with his situation. 
Julio, a man a taught and baptized in a week, KABOOM, fell hard. He robbed like 10,000 pesos from the Castico clan. 
But the good news is....Victor and his family are still active and he is the President of the Young Men's organization. 
 
Well, my week was great. We did alot of service....with smiles. We cut down a tree for a old lady and moved a couch or two.
It is a little difficult working in two wards but it is great. 6 hours of church every Sunday. Can you believe it???
We went to Angeles ward first the only people there at 8, when it was suppose to start, was the bishops wife, the bishop and one councilor. 
The meeting started at 8:30. There was maybe 36 people that were in church yesterday. So we talked to the bishop, he looks like Obama with more hair, he told us that we don't have a ward mission leader because he came home from his mission and became inactive. We also only have 5 elders and 4 high priest. That is alright, when the come. 
It is going to be fun re activating alot of people. 
The ward Suaces is better, we do have a mission leader and he is great. The organizations are almost all complete. 
We only have 50 in that ward. More priesthood. I like that. 
Both wards are working toward a Mexican Talent Night. 
We might participate, we might not. 
 
I am happy because I know I am were I am suppose to be and where I am going. 
I am excited to be in a singles ward to learn something new and meet new people in Nov. 
As for my homecoming dinner, I don't know what I a want yet. My first Sunday home is a Fast Sunday, so we will have some time to think.
I feel bad for the missionaries that live better (have a nicer house or apartment) while in the mission and then have to return to a hut or something. 
Well, I will try to write more. I am doing great. Don't worry about me please. 
Elder Miguel told me that you did see his sister. I didn't understand that. But he is going to call me tonight to talk. 
Well, if I don't write more. Love ya!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elder Chadwick

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TRANSFERRED


So I have some news. I got changed, special changes. I am now back in Chilpancingo.
I am in the ward Sauces with Elder Fernandez. He is going home in September.
We are working in two areas. I guess there are two sisters that don't want to work so President told me we are covering two wards. The other one is Angeles.
Elder Espinoza was a great example for me and we worked hard and he will be baptizing this week.
I learned alot from him. He confessed what it was like to be addicted to girls and alcohol. It is a sad thing, addictions.
I am glad my only addiction right now is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So I left Cualta yesterday at 9:15 and got to Chilpo at 1:30. I waited for my companion for two hours.
I was fasting and when he got their we got the things in the taxi and I asked if we could stop by someones house to eat.
I didn't know that they had already eaten. He told me that we were going to church, sacrament meeting.
I thought the services were just backwards. But no, sacrament meeting started at four and then gospel principles then priesthood. We left church at 7:30 at night.
Kind of weird right. When we dropped the stuff off at the house before going to the church I found some tortillas and ate two.
Good thing I said a prayer at the bus station while waiting because the services went by really fast and I was able to make it home and eat ham and cheese sandwiches.
 
Today we went to the zoo. It was great. We had a good time. One of the elders asked the supervisor to let us go in a restricted zone and so we got a special tour of the Mexican Wolfs.
When we were there talking to the tour guide/zoo person I remembered my little sister Stacie and how she wants to do that type of thing when she grows up.
 
Elder Fernandez and I are going to baptized four people this month. It is going to be great. I am excited to work with him.
He is alive and working and I am going to learn alot from him.
 
In church yesterday Hermano Omar was there, a friend of mine from the ward Aeropuerto. His family is moving to West Jordan in a year.
 
I don't have much to say. I hope everything is going well.
Love you all
Elder Chadwick
 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

GOOOOOOOOOOOOALS


My companion and I are doing fantastic. I have never felt the spirit so strong during the mission.
I actually feel I can fulfill my potential with him.
He is a convert and has a year and a half as a member. Him and his brother are the only members in his family.
His parents were against him going on a mission and didn't write him for almost two months. I can't imagine what it is like for him.  He has 5 months in the mission.
He never leaves my side. I have only been alone once....I think I was in the bathroom.
We are being so obedient miracles are happening.
I got my recommend renewed two weeks ago in interviews with President Kucsh.
I feel worthy to hold it and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
I haven't felt so good and I haven't had my mind so clear all my life.
I am clean, pure, and happy.
I have a plan and know where I am going. I do not have fear but faith in the future.
The spirit is my guide and best friend.
I have developed a relationship with my Father in Heaven and am happy to be a Son of God.
As a missionary I have learned many things, also in my life. All of things I have learned I use everyday.
I feel that I am using more of my brain everyday, Heavenly Father is helping me open up the door to heavenly revelation.
Here is a story.
My last companion didn't really like looking for inactives or visiting members he didn't like so I didn't get to know the area good.
Well, Elder Espinoza and I grabbed the list of all the members of the branch and started looking and memorizing colonias and streets.
One day we were walking down the road when Reyes, a man in his 40´s pulled up and asked if he could give us a ride.
He wanted to practice English with me and offered to take us were we needed to go. The spirit told me it was ok and the man looks like Brother Robb so we got in and only went a few blocks when we found the house we were looking for. His English is alright. I didn't know Brother Robb had a twin Mexican.
Well, he invited us to dinner that night, we got there and he said his wife didn't open here mini restaurant so he bought us Dominos Pizza. We started chatting in English and after 5 minutes there was not really alot to talk about so I started teaching him the Restoration in English.
It was so hard, I could barely do it. My English is getting horrible. But he understood and insisted that we meet again.
So I invited him to church. AND HE CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was like in a Mexican soccer game when I saw him walk in....GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Principles of the gospel class he asked alot of questions and wants to learn more.
After church he invited us to lunch on Thursday.
Another story.
So with the list again we were looking for the street called Hospital, after finding it we were looking for number 64....as we walked down the street I recognized the place. Three months ago I came here for a funeral. The woman we were looking for was dead. So I told my companion I didn't want to ask for a dead woman. But he insisted that we knock on the door anyway. Good thing we did. The dead woman's daughter opened up the doors and welcomed us in with a smile.
Her name is Reina or Queen. It was the right time for us to come. She shared that she was in need to heae about Christ and how she could return to the church. We testified of the Atonement and how it could help her and her daughter get back on the path. She is single and needs alot of help, so we talked about faith and repentance. Sunday she brought her sister to church with her!!!!!!!!!!!! GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She enjoyed the sacrament meeting. The Seminary teacher, Hermana Santillan spoke. The spirit was so strong.
Another story.
So a week ago Elder Bartlome said we needed to go help with a mini MTC for the stake youth conference.
So Friday we woke up early to help 140 young men and women prepare to be missionaries.
President Kusch had name tags made with Hno. and Hna.  like we have.
For two hours in the afternoon we helped them knock doors and receive references.
It was fun. Everyone had a book of Mormon to place. Only forty were given away.
After there was a testimony meeting and it was really funny, all the experiences with TJ's (Jehovah Witnesses) and stuff.
The next day for the conference the youth went to play basketball and soccer. I felt that we needed to go and see if there were investigators there. When we arrived we ran into a Hna. that I didnt know....and she had a reference for us!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!
We then went to look for the youth of the branch. Daisy, one of my best friends and the Hna. that cuts my hair introduced us to a young lady named Samantha.
She is 18 years old. We took down her information and answered her questions. We also invited her to church.
    In church the next day I went to sit by Reyes and my companion....5 minutes later Samantha walks in.....with all her family......5 people that can all be baptized. WOW!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!! The loved the talks and the said they felt great. They are coming to church this next Sunday with us. LOVE IT!!!
Another Story.....
Okay, Monse and her husband have had problems since the beginning. Two weeks ago she moved out of the house and is living with the family Mercado.
They have had alot of problems and Monse wants out. So a week ago we were contacting an old man when she pulled up in a car with Javier.
She said that her husband wants to hear the lessons. I asked if he was angry with us, she said no, that she was just passing the message along.
Her husbands name is Jose. Two weeks ago he would not pray with us and said he would die before he was baptized.
So we go to his house and ask whats up and if this is serious. He said yes. So Elder Espinoza and I taught our first lesson to him.
It was great. We taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All three of us were almost crying by the end of the lesson. He participated by reading scriptures, answering questions and asking question too. We challenged him to be baptized the second weekend of August and he accepted! GOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!
We taught him how to pray and he said the closing prayer. I almost never kneel with investigators, but Elder Espinoza asked if we could and the spirit was even stronger. We left a chapter in the book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 31, about the Gospel.
   The next day was went to teach him again and he had read and prayed. Miracle. Saturday him and monse went to their old school and she ended up spending the night with him. She told me that he wanted to pray and they prayed together for the first time. She cried and so did he. We are going to challenge him to be baptized this week instead of the next. I know he is prepared.
Another story...
So Sunday we were eating at the family Pantonja's house and the family did not come to church.
So I started digging, because they are active members. Their family had some problems with some leaders in the branch and some other stuff.
I shared a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 6:17, "Only God knows your thoughts and intentions...". The spirit was strong and we formed a good bond with the family. It was a perfect time to ask if they knew anyone we could teach, and there was. So Alejandro took us to meet one of their friends. Jesus, a young man. We will be teaching him on Saturday.
Well, I feel better now. We had a great week. I don't know if you could tell.
I love my family.
I know that this church is true and that if we do what is right and have faith in Christ he will help us in every decision we make.
I know that the Priesthood is real and can do anything depending on the faith of the person holding it.
I know that when we take the sacrament we are clean and that we will have the Holy Ghost with us at all times when we obey the commandments.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Love Elder Chadwick