Monday, October 1, 2012

The first month!/Monday, October 01, 2012 9:02 AM

Hola!! I cant believe that it has already been a full month since I have been in Mexico, it honestly does not feel like I have have been here that long. We are just constantly so busy that it is hard to keep track of time here, but luckily I have been writing in my journal everyday so I will be able to remember what actually happened here haha because time is just flying by!! Thank you all for your emails again, even though I cant reply to them, they mean a lot and I will eventually respond by mail :)

So this week was a very sweet but a little bitter week. To start off, we really worked our butts off this week. We had more lessons then my companion has ever gotten before, something like 52, and then we finally were able to get the standard of contacts with 140, so we were super busy all of the time, and we really learned how to make the best of all of the taxi riding that we do haha. Last week for pday we went to San Mateo Atenco because they sell pretty good shoes there for super cheap, and my companion needed new shoes. Well long story short, I got some super good looking brown shoes (for Sundays only mom, don't you worry) for like only 300 pesos, which is mas o menos 20 bucks. Today we are going to go to some pyramids, so I should have some pretty cool pictures for next week.

Now on to the good stuff. So why this week was only a little bitter was because we had 7 baptisms fall through for yesterday, but three of those 7 are going to be baptized a little later tonight, but the 4 that were baptized this week seriously are another miracle. So they have taken the lessons from missionaries before, and their grandma is a member, but they never wanted to get baptized. Well last week they moved into our area and went to church, and so we went to go talk to them. The oldest child, Tanya (far left), told us that she really wanted to get baptized, and so we set up a time to go meet up with them. When we got their, the mom, Virginia, Tanya, and the son Jose had just barely left, so it was only the grandma, who was already a member, and Cynthia, so we decided to teach her about baptism and then come back later that night. Well during the lesson, the spirit was super strong, and by the end she really really wanted to get baptized. On our way back to the taxis, the one that we were going to get into had the family that we were looking for and they were just coming home, so we went back to go teach the rest of them. After we taught the whole family, we asked them if they wanted to get baptized, and Cynthia was nodding her head like nuts, it was so awesome to see! They all said yes, except the mom, because she was in the middle of a divorce because her husband was not good at all, and wanted to wait until the baptism, so we asked her to pray about it and we would ask her what she thought when we had our district leader interview them for baptism. Well, low and behold, 2 days later after he interviewed her kids, she got the answer that she couldn't wait, and she wanted to be baptized with her kids. Fast forward to Sunday, as we are sitting there and the services are about to begin, I look over and see their whole family in white. It helped me remember why I am here, to help families become an eternal family, to help those who are looking for more unity in their family find it, and to help bring the same happiness that I have felt in my own family. It touched me so much to see them all sitting there all with smiles on their faces!!! Even though we had 7bail on us for lots of different reasons, I was thinking this morning how God knew that was going to happen, and yet again since we have been diligent and working hard He has blessed us  yet another week with success and another miracle baptism. I love this service so much, and it is seriously so amazing to see families enter into the gate to become an eternal family, there really is no greater feeling than to see the change in people, no wonder why it is God´s work and His glory, ´´to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man´´, and He has blessed me to be a part of it. Remember, you never know what kind of an effect our actions have on others, because our strongest investigators that have been baptized have all been friends or family members of members of the church, so we need to share the light that we have given! My comp. has a good analogy, if you had a huge cake, you would want to share it with all of your friends and family, well the gospel is even better than a cake!! 

Answer time: The most common food here is the cereal. They pretty much have everything here, cereal wise, as we do in the states. That is about it, oh, and the chicken, i have chicken about every day here haha

In our ward we have about 100 people that come, yet everyone comes late, around 30 mins late haha and we are the only missionaries in our ward. There is a pair of missionaries for every ward here, and there are 11 wards in our stake, and that is our zone. Our area is seriously so huge, it takes about 2 hours to go from one end to the other.


I love you, thank you for your support and prayers!!

Elder Noel

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