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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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