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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Mission Council

February 26, 2018
        Well there's not much to say about this week. We were in our area all week, but had lots of little things to do. Overall I was just very tired this week, and I don’t know why. It made it very difficult for me to really get a drive to get out the door every day and do something productive... maybe that’s the effect of paperwork. Sin embargo, this week is going to be great! We have mission council and divisions planned, so there’s no time to waste! 
Everything here in Barra is going well. Some investigators are going to get married this week!!!! and hopefully baptized soon after but there are still several challenges there. Overall, there’s lots of progress, but mainly with younger people. Something that I have found is that as we grow older we tend to believe we have "figured things out" and that those two young American kids don’t really know what they’re talking about. Many people as they grow older seem to close themselves off and trust in their own wisdom. The problem is is that the younger people can’t be baptized if the parents don’t give permission, and it’s really hard to stay active if you live in a tiny branch and don’t have much family support. 
Most of the less active members here are literally like the Nephites. Once righteous and now... let’s just say they don’t keep the commandments like they should. It’s just so sad to see people who once knew and lived and loved the truth, turn from the path just because the world says it’s a little too strict. The Word of Wisdom is one of the most abused commandments here, and Sabbath day observance. They no longer see that they are important but are convinced that God is still with them and that they are on the path. It’s very hard to call a sinner, who loves the sin and hates obedience, to repentance. It makes me think on the words of Thomas S. Monson "may we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” It doesn’t matter the amount of effort or how great the sacrifice may be, it’s always the better choice to follow the light of the gospel. 
March 5, 2018
       Well I really don’t have much to say! This week we had mission council with all the district leaders and a family home evening as zone leaders. There’s so much work to do I can’t even believe it. I’m not sure how we are going to get everything done here in this tiny group but I have faith! Im trying not to doubt and just work as hard as I can!
Our family of investigators got married this week!!! But, they still wont accept a baptismal date... They go to church every Sunday. Actually they are literally the ONLY ones (except our mission leader) that go to church every single Sunday. This Sunday we talked about testimonies in the second hour, and wow. It was super cool, several of them shared their testimonies, and they literally said, "I know the Book of Mormon is true and that the church is true". It’s so amazing to see the process of conversion in the people. 
Sadly some of our investigators have dropped off in this week, but that just gives us more time to teach people who are truly ready to be baptized. Also sadly, one of our investigators who was doing really well now cannot be baptized. Her Aunt who takes care of her said a very resolute "no" when she asked if she could be baptized... one step at a time. But a huge miracle is that in La Huerta a family who lives super far away came to church! We were actually thinking about dropping them, because they weren’t completing their commitments. But they made the sacrifice and came to church! Also another miracle, there’s an orthopedic surgeon in Guadalajara who is running for governor. Hermana P. contacted him and he agreed to do I.’s surgery for free! She has a really bad bone infection and needs to replace a poorly put plate in her leg. She’s one of the poorest of the members here... so that’s a huge miracle.
March Mission Council:

A visit with an Apostle

February 13, 2018
Today was a good day.  We had a lot of good appointments planned and good backup plans, but everyone of the appointments fell through except for one.  but it was really cool because if our appointments hadn’t fallen, we would never have met M. who we contacted in a park.  Actually we were going to look for some less active members, but we had the impression to turn back.  Was we did that we met her.  She told us that she has a desire for peace and happiness in her live but has many challenges with her health and her ability to support herself.  She is a widow and has a little boy with Asbergers as well, which adds up to life being really hard for her.  We talked to her about the peace that the gospel brings to us and the asked us if there was something that we could give her to help her come closer to God.  She readily accepted The Book of Mormon.  That was the major miracle for the day.  It is so humbling how the Lord puts people in our path just at the right time and place.
February 14, 2018
Man, today was rough.  Well, actually it was just really long.  We went to La Huerta and visited various people, but didn’t really make much progress.  We did meet some less active members and made some contacts.  That’s all part of missionary work.  Hermana P. is such a champ though.  She is this 70 year old lady who runs every morning and she, apart from doing a ton of missionary work, is organizing Relief Society and Young Women’s/Men's activities.  I can’t imagine the branch without her!  She is like a second mom to all the missionaries, and she is pretty strict too, which is something necessary here.
Happy Valentine's Day
February 15, 2018
All of our morning appointments fell through today and we didn’t really use our time very well before leaving the house.  I really need to improve with my morning routine.  Then, in the afternoon and evening, all of our appointments fell through again.  We decided that we should go with O’s family to teach his nieces who have a baptismal date.  Right as we decided to go to see them, the bus that runs by their house stopped in front of us, perfect timing!  We found the whole family, which is a miracle in itself, but the Mom of one of the girl’s was there and we were able to testify to her and invite her to church.  She is a very committed Catholic so we were surprised when she said that she would come to church.  I am praying for a miracle for the girls so that their parent’s hearts will be softened and they can be baptized. 
February 16, 2018
Today we traveled all day long.  We went from Barra to Guadalajara to go to the conference with Elder Niel L Anderson.  It was interesting, we traveled as a zone in a van and i got to sit up in the front by the van driver.  That guy had had a rough life, with lots of problems, but is searching for peace.  He asked about the hymns that we were listening to, because he really liked how they made him feel calmer and happier.  He asked how he could download them and asked about church services.  Then we took a taxi all across Guadalajara and our taxi was someone who believed in all religion.  She was very nice and told us at the end of the ride that if she ever had kids, she would send them to the Mormon church!  We gave her a Book of Mormon, who who knows what will happen there.  
Yes, those are squirrels, on our heads, in a bus.
February 17, 2018
Wow…the apostle’s visit was …Wow!  The spirit was so strong! First of all, a few members of the Seventy and their wives spoke to us.  They were rather short talks, but very good messages.  Then Elder Anderson spoke.  he taught in Spanish/English?Portuguese/French … haha, couldn’t keep his languages straight, poor guy.  He kind of gave up on the Spanish after a while and just stuck to English.  He spoke about President Monson and then completely changed subjects.  Right in the middle of his talk he stopped and wondered what we could do to baptize more.  In the missions in Guadalajara, there are probably only 25 baptisms per month per mission, which is really low for Mexico.  But Elder Anderson felt impressed that we need to focus more on people from 15-25 years of age.  He had some ideas for us to set goals as a mission.  He talked about many other things including testifying about President Nelson as our new prophet.  That was maybe the strongest that I have ever felt the Spirit.  
On the drive home, I got to sit in the front again and talk to the van driver some more about the gospel.  I was able to give him a Book of Mormon.  
February 18, 2018
Wow, today was awesome.  Church in La Huerta was super cool.  Last week we talked about la bra missional and the members brought a bunch of their friends. Even one of our investigators brought some of her family with her!  We finally broke 30 people in attendance.  It’s so amazing to thing about how God works.  None of those people com because of our proselyting efforts. they come because to the members. But we put in our part and the Lord blessed us in very unexpected ways. 
Today we learned about an elderly member’s problem.  A while got this member was in an accident and the doctors put a plate in her femur.  Recently the plate became detached and is causing lots of problems.  She went to the doctors and found out that it is much more serious than she thought.  She needs an operation because she has a very bad bone infection.  It is an expensive operation, but she has to have it to save her life.  This member is dirt poor.  Her kids can’t help her and they don’t want to ask her only brother for help because he has helped her kids in the past and they wasted his money.  This lady is the kindest, sweetest lady, but her family kind of treats her like trash sometimes. It is so sad.  So another sister is trying to raise money for her.  
Apart from that, we had church in Barra, which was not as exciting as La Huerta.  We only had 15 people there.  We talked about la bra missional hoping for results like La Huerta.  After the meeting we contacted and visited a few people and then went home to wait for the transfer call to come.  My whole district is staying the same.  I am so excited to spend another transfer in Barra! Awesome!
February 19, 2018
I’m super excited to have one more change here. It almost certainly means that after this change I’m going. But anything can happen.  This week has been super super super busy, but really incredible. Luckily I actually wrote in my Journal! It’s a mission of miracles! 
Just the biggest thing that happened. Elder Anderson came to Guadalajara and spoke to the two missions here. It was the first time that the mission has been together in a long time, and I learned when you get a bunch of missionaries together they tend to turn somewhat immature, but more important was the meeting. We learned many things, but most I just want to say that these men are truly ordained servants of the Lord. As Elder Anderson shared about when President Nelson was set apart, the Spirit filled the room. I know that this is the Lord’s work, and that He literally directs the work. He lives. Our faith in Him is not in vain. It was truly an experience that I will never be able to forget. How grateful I am for our leaders and the revelations that they receive to guide us. I know he received revelation for our mission, and that President Nelson receives revelation for the whole church. What a blessing it is to live in these days! 

Sister Clayton wrote about the visit from Elder Anderson; “On Saturday, February 17th we were thrilled to have met with and heard teachings from Elder Neil L. Anderson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and also Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy.  We combined with the Guadalajara East mission at the Lomas Stake Center to listen to each of these brethren, and sister Jan Robbins speak to us.
  Elder Anderson was personable and spoke with no notes, just pure inspiration as it came to him.  He walked throughout the chapel, in and around the rows of missionaries, making his way to the very last row, and up front again.  He would look right at our missionaries, calling them by name, asking what they were thinking, asking them for examples from scriptures, and to recite verses of scriptures.  He told stories from his service as a missionary and as a mission president.  He shared precious experiences with President Thomas S. Monson, and tender and sacred experiences with our newly called President and Prophet Russell M. Nelson.”
It was a day to remember.  Here we are 148 missionaries strong!

Monday, March 5, 2018

More Manzanillo

January 15, 2018
Man, how time flies.  I’ve also realized how busy people in leadership in the church can be.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like for President Clayton.  There isn’t any time to get it all done.  I think that in the past month, I’ve really learned to love to serve a lot.  I never want my mission to end honestly.  One thing that I am sure of is that I need to serve for the rest of my life.  I don’t know how I will do that, but I know that I want to serve more missions later on in life.
Manzanillo Zone
February 12, 2018
I have had so many experiences in the past few weeks and so many miracles, yet I have been to lazy/busy to write them dow.  That’s kind dumb.  All I know is that this work is true and that the Lord is directing it.  We have had our ups and downs for the past few weeks.  One good thing is that we had to get more chairs for the prayer house in La Huerta because so many people are coming.  
Today we had interviews with President Clayton.  and we talked about several aspects of the work here in Barra.  I need to be more humble and trust the Lord more.  I’ve been trying to convince the people too much I think.  I have also been trying to hard to teach the members how to be members when I should concentrate more on finding, teaching, and baptizing.  I need to focus more on missionary responsibilities and trust that the Lord will do his part, which is really everything.  Its very humbling to consider God’s love and patience towards us, being such imperfect people.  It still amazes me that He lets me be part of His work.  He truly does love his Children.  In interviews we talked a lot about goals, and how goals should reflect our desires of our hearts. And those desires really tell us what kind of people we are. So when we put goals, we shouldn’t make our goals the desires of our hearts, we should make our goals to be the necessary steps to reach our desires, it’s the how. Just a little detail I hadn’t thought of before. 
Every single day he blesses us with miracles, his tender mercies can be seen at every turn. I’ll try to mention just a few.  In La Huerta, we had a Christmas activity and some investigators that didn’t know showed up. We went to go and visit them later on and another one of their relatives decided to come to church too.  She is a young woman of about 15.  The first week that she came, she asked for a hymnal so that she could learn the hymns.  That’s incredible! 
We had another experience in teaching when my companion was supposed to speak in La Huerta and he was inspired to talk about tithing.  The very same Sunday, an inactive family that I have never seen before, came to church and paid their tithing. Last Saturday, we baptized another one of Irma’s grandchildren.  There is enough work for us to do in La Huerta that the President is letting us stay in the prayer house so that we can work more efficiently.  That is really going to help us, even though we have to sleep on the floor.  We had another great experience when we went to visit a family who lives about 10 kilometers away from town.  We got out of our earlier lesson a little late and so we had to wait for a bus.  We were in the middle of nowhere in the dark at a crossroad, waiting and waiting, without any luck.  Finally we saw a school bus approaching, heading in the right direction.  We waved him down and the driver stopped for us and gave us a ride!  That’s a pretty cool miracle for a missionary, but it got even better when I realized that I left my phone on the bench at the bus stop.  We told one of our other investigator’s about it and he went and looked at the bus stop for us and FOUND it!  He told me he would bring it to me in church…this is the greatest miracle because now our investigator will come to church with his family this Sunday. 
We have been working a lot harder at contacting people and I have been having a great experience.  I have seen so many miracles.  Just today, while waiting for President Clayton, we started contacting and found lots of really great people.  When we went outside to take a group missionary picture, two people called us over to ask us doubt meeting times and when they could come to church!  So we gave them a Book of Mormon to read and they said that they would stop by on Sunday.  The are lots more miracles happening in our whole zone.  I have decided that we really don’t have any time to waste.  I feel like we travel so much, that we cant afford to waste the precious minutes that we have doing missionary work.  In this whole transfer with Elder Schank, we have only had one official p-day.  This is both an awesome thing and a bad thing.  Personally, I want to work hard and so does my companion, so the sacrifice of clean clothes and food has been worth it.  Honestly, I don’t see it at much of a sacrifice at all. I gave this time to the Lord, so I’m going to give Him everything I’ve got.  

Brother José is super good! He decided to follow the example of
Jesus Christ after seeing the example of his brother and grandmother.
He has a desire to learn more about the gospel and to have the Priesthood.
He and his brother are being missionaries with their friends and they are
inviting them to learn more about Jesus Christ as well.
Elder Schank, Elder Colvin, Elder Sevilla, Elder Medina

Lots of stuff has happened here in Barra too.  The other day, an earthquake hit.  It wasn’t a tiny one either.  Our gas tank was rocking back and forth, and our whole house felt like we were on a boat rolling with the waves.  Fortunately, there were no tsunamis or significant damage.  One of the families that we are working with  started coming to church on a regular basis.  They are also reading, and doing everything that they need to do to prepare for baptism, but they haven’t accepted a date yet.  It will happen when the time is right.  Another investigator is also progressing and is getting along better with his wife since he has been taking the lessons.  
Things are going so well with the work here, that the President wanted us to be able to have more time in our own area.  He changed it so that we always have divisions in our own area unless we are on divisions with the assistants, then we go to their area.  So we have a lot more time to teach and work in our area now!  

This weekend, we are traveling to Guadalajara for a mission wide conference with Elder Anderson of the quorum of the 12.  Elder Oaks was supposed to come, but he was called to be in the First Presidency, so we get to hear from Elder Anderson.  
Lots of good stuff is happening here in our mission.  Elder Cluff was just called as the new assistant! He was in my group of missionaries!  It is really strange to be some of the oldest missionaries in the mission.  I honestly still feel like a newby and I feel like the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.  I need to continually remember that I can’t do anything without the Lord’s help.  It’s His work after all. 
February 14, 2018
Well the change flew by as always, but its been such a privilege to serve here in Barra de Navidad. Just in these past few days we have seen so many miracles. Just yesterday our appointments had fallen and we decided to go visit a less active, but as we passed by a park we had the impression to turn back and talk to some of the people there, The woman we  talked to told us that in 16 years of living there, the missionaries had never talked to here before, but in that very moment she needed our message, that she needed God in her life. All of her trials were just weighing down on her and she wants/needs peace. She asked us if there was something we could leave her to read to help her and we gave her a book of mormon and shared a few principles about how the gospel can bring us peace if we put in practice in our lives. She told us that she would do what was necessary to acercarse a Dios. Its just another testament to me that the Lord guides this work and without Him, we would be left in our own strength, and in turn, hopelessly lost in this work.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Catch up Post - Still in Barra

January 31, 2018
        Bueno this week has been really good lots of work and lots of heat as always!
        So this week we worked really hard to find new investigators. In this whole change we have been contacting like crazy and this week we saw some fruits of our work. We had quite a few new investigators, some of which can really progress. Sadly, NONE of them went to church, but we had various investigators apart from them anyway. It’s so humbling to see these people, some of which have almost nothing, do so much to help and serve. It certainly has changed my perspective. I can’t even imagine what things would be like in some countries in Africa or other poorer places. It truly is our responsibility to reach out and help these people. 
        On Monday we went to Guadalajara and MAN is it cold there!!! it probably didn’t drop below 45 degrees but I was dying from the cold. I think I slept with like 5 or 6 blankets... I don’t know if I was sick but I felt so bad. I don’t know whats happening to me. Also the air is so dry there.  I hope they never send me to Guadalajara because I’m too used to the beach environment/climate. Part of me really hopes that I never leave Barra.  We’ve seen so many miracles and in these last few months. There are many families that will be ready to be baptized. Its probably my favorite area. I think I’m finally sort of doing okay as a missionary. Who knows, all I know is that this is the greatest work in the world. Even when you “suffer" (and I really don’t think I’ve suffered at all here) it makes you feel good that in spite of your challenges that you’e doing what you need to do and doing the work of the Lord. The scriptures are true, all of the challenges and pains of life can be swallowed up in the joy of Christ, joy that comes from selfless service. I really don’t know much, and I don’t have many hugely miraculous experiences to tell, or some profound experience to share, all I can say is that I know that this work is true, that the church is true, and that we are guided by representatives called directly by the Lord. Let us all trust in God and reach out to our friends and all those around us to share this glorious message. Let us reach out and help others come unto to Christ who is the source of all light, hope, truth, and love. He who counsels and strengthens us. 
February 5, 2018
        I really don’t have much to say about this week, it was good, and slightly challenging at the same time. I’m super tired all the time. I think I need to get to bed on time. I’m not sure why I’m always tired, but I think the traveling kinda kills me. 
        We started off the week by going to Concilio!!! Always a blast and this month Presidente taught about the Holy Ghost. He taught us things I had never even thought about before. It was kind of mind blower for everyone honestly, but very cool. 
         Following mission council, we did a baptismal interview for a lady which she unfortunately did not pass. Hopefully she will be able to keep progressing later on. 
      Other than that, we had divisions in La Huerta and we able to get a lot of work done there! There is a lot of progress in La Huerta. Actually, the church is struggling in Barra and doing lots better in La Huerta, I think we might need to organize our efforts between the two areas a little better.
       Apart from that, nothing much else happened. Today we opted to take sort of half pday and half work day because basically half the week we are going to be outside of our area. We get to go to Jala for divisions with the assistants!!! its gonna be great, just a LOT of traveling. 
       Some miracles this week: coming back from Guadalajara we had to stay the night in Colima, then in the morning we had to go to Manzanillo. Unfortunately, the next bus didn’t leave until later, which would cut out our time to write home. Then we found out that one of the lineas had a bus that had gotten to the station about a half hour late and was about to leave, so we got back in Manzanillo in time to write and do everything we needed to do. Another miracle happened on Sunday when a girl (who I honestly don’t even remember her name and have talked to like twice) came to church! She is a niece of an investigator. Her aunt didn’t even go, she came alone, and afterwards asked for a hymn book so that she could learn the hymns! Later on that same Sunday, it was 8:30 and we were right by our house about to end the day, but our plans fell so we started contacting. Everyone rejected us, but something told me to keep going until the end of the day, then at 8:58 PM, the last person we had time to contact accepted and gave us his address. The miracles always seem to happen just when you start losing hope, after the trial of faith. And finally today, just a little while ago, we were contacting this one guy and another person walked past, we felt that we needed to talk with him so we caught up with the guy and turns out his uncle is a member that we didn’t even know existed and he lives in Barra! 
       It was a good week, though we need to work a lot lot more, Barra can progress and should be progressing more than it is. Hopefully we can start putting in the work that it needs. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"In the Groove"

     Nothing much is new, this week has been really really good. Well just normal, but we’ve been able to work hard and that’s pretty much the best as a missionary. We had divisions and a zone conference this week and this week will be pretty much pure divisions, but I’m looking forward to it. We should be able to get a lot done. 

     Yesterday Church was really good. In La Huerta we didn’t have many investigators, though it was a pretty good turnout. However in Barra, we had 10, and it was really really cool because, apart from speaking in sacrament, the gospel principles just talked about the whole organization of the church/priesthood and I think that the investigators could really see how well the church is organized. I just really think its important for people here in such a tiny branch (it’s really actually a group) to see the church as a whole. The whole two hours were just really good (we only meet for two hours) and I really am starting to feel a genuine love for these people. It makes me want to share the gospel with all of them and help them through their challenges. It makes me want to labor in this great work. Best of all, the familia De Dios (yes thats their last name) went to church!!!!! They hadn’t gone in forever and we had told them that we had to keep going on, looking for more people if they couldn’t progress. But they came and are trying to settle out their problems with paperwork to get married.

 This Tuesday we went to Santiago to watch the broadcast from the church from the first presidency. I can truly see how the Lord guides His church. I really hadn’t paid much attention to President Nelson before this last year, but in the last two conferences I could really see the power and authority of his words. I know he is called of God and that he is the new president of the church. I could also see it in the most recent broadcast. Those men testify of Christ and teach His pure doctrine. As much as the world changes and wants everything else to adapt to its standards, the Lord has set His standards and His true servants are teaching and testifying of those standards to all the world. They are true.

I really am loving it out here in Barra de Navidad. I finally feel like if found "my groove" for the lack of a better word. I just feel more comfortable and happy with my personal efforts. I think its because Im simply trying to think about myself less and just do my duty. Its great out here, and we are finding so many humble people to teach. I just hope that they can feel the urgency of Gods call to them.

January Leadership Conference Plus New Companion

     Hola todos! Elder Angulo officially ended his mission and now I’m with Elder Schank, a gringo from Nevada! The Americans are stormin Barra de Navidad. Everything’s good, nothing much to say, just trying to keep on keepin on. Next week I’ll send a real email! 
His name is Carlos and he’s one of the best young people
in the world. He was prepared before we even taught him;
he pays close attention to everything and shares it with others.
His baptism was very difficult because there was a lot of
opposition, but a miracle took place. He was baptized and
it was a feeling of great joy for his family, especially for his
grandmother. Their desire to live the gospel is being fulfilled
more and more.
Here are some other memories with Elder Angulo:

     Firstly, I’m sorry for basically not writing anything at all. We’ve been absolutely crazy busy, last week we had no time to write because of changes, and the week before that I don’t know what happened, the week before that was Christmas, and during all this time I haven’t written in my journal ONCE.... pero ay vamos. 
     The mission has been going really well. Some investigators are progressing a lot and others no. One investigator put a marriage date so that they can be later baptized and it just so happens to be on the 25th of January, pretty good birthday present. But they haven’t gone to church in a month because they still don’t want to stop working on Sunday. The past few weeks they haven’t been able to go to church because they have had too many clients. Strangely, they’re super happy about that because. “God is sending them more business on Sundays".... My patience is running thin with their theory. 
     Other than that, my companion and I have been working a lot to find new investigators and use our time wisely. President has just given us permission to sleep in the casa de oración in la Huerta, so we can de a TON more work there. Unfortunately we have to sleep on the floor and its super cold in the mornings. Elder Schank is very cool, just kinda weird but we’re all weird! Even though he’s going home in 4 short months, he doesn’t want to die so we are kind of motivating each other to work harder and talk to everyone. It’s pretty great with him. 
     I wish I could tell you about everything that’s happened, but I really don’t think I would have the time to write everything down. But what’s incredible to me is how God organizes his work. It’s incredible the amount of "coincidences" that happen every day, but they aren’t coincidences. God is guiding people to us, and us to the people who need to hear part of our message. It’s incredible the amount of patience He has for us, for me honestly. I feel like I’ve wasted so much of my time trying to do things my way and am just barely figuring out what it really means to have an eye single to His glory and do His will. I’m still a long ways away from where I would like to be, but I find myself receiving more and more joy in missionary work as the days go by. It is the work of angels, yet He lets His imperfect children take part in this great and marvelous work. How great a blessing we have.
     As a run down of the last few weeks, we had a mission council and noche de hogar with the leaders in the mission, other meetings with certain church leaders, and just yesterday, President Clayton told all the missionaries to come to a meeting with the leaders of the Manzanillo district that he was inspired by the spirit to have. It was a really special experience and I feel like that Manzanillo can really progress if we follow what we learned. The whole district is kind of suffering. The adversary is honestly fighting really hard for Manzanillo, But now is the time for miracles here. 
Manzanillo Branch Conference
From Sister Clayton's blog
"January 2018 Mission Council!!
We had a beautiful morning as we began our mission council for this new year! Much to talk about, fresh goals and new commitments to make.  It was a great day!
First and foremost, our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson has passed away.  We love him and honored him today as President Clayton talked about him, and all that lies before us as a new prophet is sustained and continues forth in these latter days."

Here are some pictures:

8 fundamentals!

1. Doctrine of Christ - The Missionary Purpose
2. The Role of the Holy Ghost in conversion
3. Revelation through Prayer
4. Revelation through the Book of Mormon
5. Revelation through Church Attendance
6. Teach People, Not lessons
7. We Invite, They Commit, We Follow Up
8. How to Begin Teaching

****Elder  Boyd K. Packer tells a story about his visit to a country fair.
Country fairs are opportunities for farmers to come together to demonstrate
their expertise with livestock. (Farm animals)
He tells the story about a contest where pairs of oxen pulled enormous
loads while they were joined together with heavy wooden yoke bound
tightly around their necks.

He observed that the oxen that could pull the heaviest loads,
were not always those that were the largest or strongest animals.
Rather, those that won the contest were those oxen that, regardless
of their size and strength, were 'equally yoked'.
This means that when the signal was given, they worked with,
not against, each other. Their unity was the key to their success.*Harmony - agreement, peace, friendship, accord, getting along,
enjoyment of each other’s company.
*Unity - oneness in purpose and motive.

****When missionary’s work together in harmony and unity...
1.the Lord magnifies their efforts
2.helps them to accomplish much more than they otherwise could

Taco’s for lunch!
And everyone ate outside on this gorgeous 
Assistants, Elder Dehesa and
Elder Long taught about 
*Setting goals
*The Standard of Excellence
*Effective practicing
Let us move forward with faith! 

     This week we have focused on the less actives quite a bit, not so much teaching them (they usually know anyway) but trying to show love towards them and inviting them to come back. What’s really cool is that in la Huerta, we had 29 people in Church and in Barra we had 20. The Elders in Cihuatlan are working super hard, and had like 24 people as well which means to say that in the whole branch of Barra de Navidad, the attendance was at 73ish. Miracles!  All I know is that if we show love and concern to others, they can feel the love of God in their lives, which motivates all people to act. We just have a lot more to do now!!! 

     Les amo a todos ustedes, perdon por no decir nada en sí pero...... Ya me arrepentí 

Que tengan una excelente semana!