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.