"We will look in every crook and cranny for those needing our message"
(Native Spanish Speaking Hermana)
Hola Presidente! como le ha id esta semana?
nosotras muy bien, esta semana a sido de mucho progreso para nuestros investigadores, ya estamos depurando algunos nombres de la carpeta de area :) despues de 1 mes aprximadamente de no entrar a muchas personas, estamos encontrando nuevos investigadores que tienen un deseo grande de aprender y prgresdar!! woooow!! estoy muy feliz porque se que progresaran :D.
Tambien estoy muy feliz porque este fin de semana los mimbros de la estaa fueron al templo y Brayan (se bautizo en sep27) y el disfruto tanto el ir al templo!! ayer le fuismos a ver a el y a su familia y ns comento que lo hermoso que fue para él el entrar y participar de los bautismos viarios por su propia familia :)))), él y su mama estaban muy agredecidos, y en la leccion de aye su mama estaba comento que le va a ser dificil cuando Brayan este el en la mision, que lo va a echar mucho de menos, osea, ya estan dando por hecho que sera un misinero!!! :3 casi lloro :') jajajajaaa su mama se bautizara en 2 semanas ;) feliz semana! :) le quier mucho :D
- Su hija, Hna.A
( English Speaking Sister with one year in the mission)
Hola Presidente ,este semana yo aprendi mucho de un niño de 12 años es nuestro niñote con hermana vasquez , se llama Roberto pero el le gusta llamarle beto , beto fue el unico que nos odio cuando encontramos la familia fue por referencia de una hermana porque ella les conocio desde mucho tiempo cuando las misioneras les visitaron antes , beto siempre nos dijo cosas feos cuando estabamos en su casa enseñando su familia y nunca quizo venir a escuchar , le gusto mucho decir palabras feas a su familia y cuando salimos de su casa el siempre nos tiro basura afuera de su cuarto a nosotras , fue muy dificil preseverando con este familia pero siguimos mucho con miembros apollandolos y visitandolos , no solo enseñandolos pero presta servicio , cantar himnos con ellos y varias cosas , hasta que un noche llamamos a beto a venir a aprender y por una razon el nos escucho y empezo a asistir a la capilla pero en la primaria primero porque le gusto mucho tiempo para compatir , hasta que asistio tambien el bautismo su mama y el nos pregunto cuando el puede bautisarze ? el fue posible porque siempre nos dijo que no pero se bautizo en sabado que paso , nunca en mi vida ver la felicidad en un niño como el , el no esta diciendo palabras malos , pago su diezmo , el cambio completamente , es la primaria cambio que yo he visto en uno , fuimos en una combi con el para llevarlo a su casa de su entrevista y estabamos presentandonos a las personas en el combi y despues mi compañera y yo el dijo a las personas que el es elder beto :) ahora el esta preguntandonos cuando el puede hacer el pan y el agua , cuando puede ir a la mision y es feliz porque el dijo a su familia que el tiene 6 años para prepararse ir a una mision y que el va a ahcer elder no hermano lol , estabamos en camino a su casa con el y contactamos un investigador afuera , el queria compatir su testimonio y nos pidio si el puede ofrecer la primera oracion y el hizo , despues hablamos un poco de la oracion y el compartio su testimonio de la oracion , senti muy fuerte el espiritu en su testimonio solo el dijo que el sufrio mucho pero oracion ayuda en todo :) este niño sufrio mucho en su niñez pero ahora el encontro paz y amor de su padre celestial . sus amigos y amigos de su familia le dijieron que se bautize pero el dijo que no le importo las cosas que le dijieron el quiere , amo mucho este niño y estoy agradecido que dios me permitio a star agui otra vez a conocerlo el y su familia son milagros para nosotras y otra testimonio mas de veracidad de esta evangelio , muchas personas nos dijieron que ellos no van a progresar y que tienen ellos muchos problemas emocionales , economicos y mentales pero para mi compañera y yo sabiamos que solo faltaba amor en su casa , muchas veces pensamos dejarles pero siempre yo le dije a mi compañera que por algo el espiritu no me permite hacer el charla franca con ellos cuando entramos en su casa , ahora entendemos :) nunca me voy a olvidar de este niño y su familia....H. S
"I'm grateful because our Heavenly Father let us help this family. Two moths ago we helped them to return to Church, now they're happy serving The Lord and we helped the younger sister to being baptized and now we will help the father to receive the Gospel and enjoy the blessings to have an eternal family." Elder Castano/ Elder Steadman: Guerrero Ward
This picture is extra special as one year ago this family was baptized and now one year later they attended the temple. The Hermana's who were involved in their conversion will consider this the greatest Christmas Present ever!
"QUIERO COMPARTIR con usted también que soy muy feliz, porque unos conversos, una familia! que conocí junto con hermana Contreras,me escribieron hoy, y me mandaron una foto de ellos en el templo, se invistieron es la mamá de 80 años, la hija de 38 y el hijo de 40,, soy tan feliz, nunca pensé que se sintiera una felicidad tan grande, hace exactamente un año que ellos tomaron de un bautismo, durante todo éste tiempo he tenido contacto con ellos, les he escrito compartido experiencias y el amor que siento y sentiré por ellos por siempre! ellos me han compartido de sus experiencias misionales al llevar alas misioneras con sus amigos, sus tristezas cuando los rechazan y me ha dolido junto con ellos, pero gracias a que ellos entendieron muy bien la promesa de ser discípulo de Cristo al tomar de un bautismo no se rindieron y uno de sus amigos se bautizó, ellos fueron muy felices, ahora cuando vi ésta foto de ellos en el templo también me compartieron que llevaron 8 nombres para hacer ordenanzas entre ellos su abuelita. Siento un gozo tan pero tan grande, nunca terminaré de agradecer el milagro que la misión ha sido en mi vida! Estoy tan agradecida! AMO ESTA OBRA"
(Native Spanish Speaking Hermana)
Dear President Egbert,
One of my goals for this week is to practice more my English skills. I'm sorry if you don't understand what I'm saying, but the more I practice, the more I'll learn. Anyway, this week was good. My companion and I found new people that are interested in hearing from the message, and one of our investigators wants to be baptized with her whole family. We still need to talk and teach his husband first, but her daughter is really impressed with the message we try to share.
What impresses me the most during this week is the fact that missionary work is hard, but it is worth it. I love that at the end of the day I'm tired, but at the same time I'm happy 'cause I work for our Heavenly Father.
Last week, my dad send me a advice that I'll never forget during my entire mission, and I will like to share it with you.
"Un compañerismo dividido es el mejor regalo para el adversario..... Así que recuerda aquella frase . . . .PODEMOS PENSAR DIFERENTE PERO ESO NO NOS CONVIERTE EN ENEMIGOS . . . . Aprende a amar a tu compañera porque es un mandamiento y porque eres afortunada en tenerla.... tiene defectos es cierto.... y? tienen carencias . . . y? Mirala observala y preguntate en tu mente . . . . . LA HE AMADO SUFICIENTE?
Para ser feliz en la mision hay que saber trabajar con el estres . . . . el estres es el adversario del espiritu santo . . . . .No has bautizado? te sientes mal por ello? Se te caen las charlas? Te enfermas? Cualquier cosa te molesta? Es el estres.
Yo dure los primeros 6 meses sin bautizar y me senti fatal, lastima que no hubo quien me orientara al respecto.... cuando finalmente llegaron los frutos fue un regocijo y alegria que hizo posible quererlo experiementar muchas veces, asi que después de esa amarga experiencia (estres) bautize durante 17 semanas seguidas....
Jamas cambiare esa experiencia por nada del mundo porque fue la enseñanza mas grande en ese tiempo . . . . valio la pena lo amargo por saborear lo dulce..."
The words of my dad penetrated my heart. No matter how different my companion can be, I need to love her. I mean, I do love her, and we are different, but the truth is that I've learn so much from her that the only thing I think is how thankful I am for knowing her. After all, we are all different, and God love us the same. If God loves all of us who are different and we want and try to be like Him, why shouldn't we love one another?
Thanks a lot for your time to read this words. Hope everything is great. Say hi to sis. Egbert!!
Snapshots of the Week
These characters were excited about our "Christmas" pass along cards... we share the message with EVERYONE!
Tecamac I Zone
Tezontepec Zone all smiles!
Our missionaries getting down to business!!!
This week was super good! We are seeing lots of blessings and little miracles and i know it is because of our obedience! I want to share a couple things from this week..
We had some really special lessons with our progressing investigators, Lordes and the Familia Reyes! We taught The Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity this week.. sometimes those ones are a little harder, but they went super great! We had members that came with us that help a ton and I had a really special experience in the lesson with the Familia Reyes when we taught word of wisdom. I could honestly feel the spirit testifying through me. I have never had the happen here in the mission yet, where the words just pour out of my mouth and i feel the spirit so strong. It was amazing and they are such a great family! They all committed to quit drinking coffee and there son, Mario, wants to quit smoking and drinking. It will be a process, but they are doing so well! So proud and excited for them! :) Eternal Family in the making!
This week we really saw the hand of the Lord in the work! Here is the story.. Well, we were looking for a house and we thought we found it.. until someone else opened the door. BUT, instead of apologizing and trying to find the right house, we take it as an opportunity to share the gospel! We explained we were missionaries and wanted to bless their home, and they said yes! Well, long story short, we had another lesson with them later in the week, and they are amazing! SO PREPARED! They accepted baptism! I hope they will be able to stick to it, but they are so great! Mariana and her son, Ivan. Cant wait to visit them again tomorrow! The Lord led us to the "wrong house" on purpose.. tricky, but awesome ;)
I know that this is the Lords work and we are his instruments. He is guiding us to where we should be and helping us to prepare others to recieve the gospel.
Thanks for all you do!
The ward mission leader getting great assistance from these 4 sister missionaries...
It's totally normal to study with gloves, scarf, sweater and teeth chattering!
On divisions with a different companion.... It is a fun change for one day every cycle.
We are so grateful for the kind members, new converts and investigators that treat our missionaries with such love; and treat them as if they are family. Thank you on behalf of all the parents throughout the world...
Final English Exams
Great Job Elders!
Excellent District Meeting in Teotihuacan with Elder Smart
(Though I froze to death the spirit of the meeting warmed our hearts- I love these good Elders!)
(Exert from an Elders letter home to his family)
.....We had a super cool experience. We were traveling to the food appointment i think the first week that we were there and we were in the combi (public van transportaion) and we always try to contact all the people that we can while we are just sitting there. Anyway, we contacted all the people in the combi and not one of them really wanted anything. Until we asked the lady sitting in the back of the van, and this lady told us that she was actually a member from 8 years ago. and her husband was an ex-missionary (all less active) Anyway she commented to us that she wanted us to come to her house because she has acutally been looking from some help. Long story short, it turns out that her relationship with her husband is not very good. He works in the district (d.f.) and occasionally comes and visits there home on sundays. She got baptized but i think pretty much just because of her husband. directly after her baptism she went in active. You can kind of tell because she doesnt really remember anything.
She told us how she wanted to share this with her family (2 sons) but the 14 year old son would always tell her that he didnt like that religion. (non member) but we told her we would love to work and help the whole family.
the first lesson we had with the whole family we started out with a question. The question was simply "lets say we have 100 yrs to live, what would you like to have, do or accomplish in these 100 yrs?" We went around the room and everyone said what they wanted. Then we got to the 14 yr old son Raul. And he told us what he wanted and started getting choked up. It was really sweet. Then we talked about how we can obligate the Lord to bless us with our obedience. We ended the lesson with commitments to come to church, read and pray as family (and they completed on all of those, and more.) The whole family (including the dad) all came to church on Sunday and it looked like they really liked it!
These four missionaries were headed into the Pachuca Centro Stake Center to help for a few hours with the Family History Fair. The zone leaders below had companionship's rotating in throughout the whole Saturday to assist.
(New English Speaking Hermana)
.....We had a miracle happen this week, so I guess I will start off with that! Hna. Z accidently left her jacket at the tienda of an investigator, which was totally fine until we returned home and she realized that our keys were in the pocket. We got in the first door, thanks to an old neighbor who lives above us. But, we had no idea what to do about the door into our apartment. We got on our knees and prayed that we might know how to get in. So, Hna. Z tried and tried to jimmy open the door with her plaque for 10 minutes, to no avail. I was just praying and praying that we might be able to get in somehow. After 10 minutes of trying, Hna. Z gave up. I reached into my bag and pulled out 4 El es la Dadiva cards and shoved them behind the lock... CLICK. The door opened! It was truly a miracle! We thanked our Heavenly Father for watching over us and giving us the knowledge of how to get in. There is absolutely no physical explanation to how those 4 cards could have opened that door. All I can say is that El really is the Dadiva!!!....?
Merry Christmas from these four great missionaries serving in Huachinango
Santa's sleigh has been pulling into the mission office.... delivery to the four Christmas Devotionals will be this week.
Members sharing their musical talent at the Pachuca Mex Stake Matrimonal Christmas Dinner
Mision Mexico Pachuca getting in the Christmas Spirit!!!
Nice Decorating Job Elder De La Cruz/ Elder Reese
Those Christmas lights and the picture of Christ brighten up your little casa....
In honor of all those who always had matching PJ's for Christmas!!!
"We got a Christmas Tree! How hard can this be to assemble?"
Our little Christmas Corner is ready to roll!
This family has got the Christmas decorations in full motion... Elder Chavez is just as excited as this little boy!
Elder Chavez and Elder Williams serving in the Lucerna Ward- Tulancingo
Walaaaaaa.... Our Christmas Tree is decorated!
Feliz Navidad from the Nuevo Hidalgo I Hermanas...
(Native Speaking Elder)
This week was awesome, we can had divisions with elder ____ and elder ___, they are two great elders, i went with elder _____ in his area, and he had a difficult with contact for "iniciativa propia" in the night on monday, aur appointments cayeron, and i told him, we can contact :) and he told me, mmm we can visit another person :) and then la llanta de su bici se poncho, and in this time, we decided that we need to contact:) in 30 minutes we can talk, with 18 persons, the last persons of this contacts, could received us, and we put a baptismal date, and we invited to the church and she received a book of mormon, was awesome, is a family with 3 people. Yesterday that family llegaron a la capilla, they are very happy, and elder ____ and elder ____, visited her with members :) in the week they contact 55 people, they had 5 new investigators for iniciativa propia, and 3 new baptismal dates :) was a great week. President i know that we need to contact more than 10 persons in the day :) .....
....thanks president for all, i love you . have a great week
atte. ELDER V :)
-Life is good-
The friendships made here in the mission will be friendships for a lifetime.
Our recently returned Elder Unamuno spending time with his family on vacation. His sister Mandele enjoying getting re-acquainted after his mission service...
We miss Elder Unamuno!
(Native Spanish Speaking Hermana)
I hope you're well , I'm so happy. This week was amazing for me!. First of all i felt the Spirit many times and i felt how the Lord used me to do His work.
On wednesday we traveled to Pachuca, and we shared the Gift! , I was so happy to be in the bus and i was near to a man who works in Pachuca, we started to talk about Christmas and we was so kind with me and so receptive to the message , after that i give my sit to a woman and i find other place with other guy, we talked about CHRISTMAS again! and we had internet in His cellphone so he saw the video with me , Hna DeFranco , Elder Peña and Elder Clark all of us were talking and sharing the gift and start singing Christmas songs and all the bus was so happy with us! after that we back to our zone and we did the same. I'm so greatful for Christmas because make the hearts be tender and kind. Well, then we had our zone training and divisions! and I was here in the area, President i was so nervous ! because just one week in the area but we prayed and we felt that i needed to be here with Hermana ____, I felt humble and i was praying the whole day!. And miracles happened! of course with the help of My Heavenly Father but one of our members told us that she knows a friend here in porgreso and we have an appointment with him, but He didn't answer! so She never give up! and she introduce us with other family! we taught them and they gave us another appointment one of them the dad was so interested in our message. After that we travled to other palce here in the area, and in the combi we taught about Christmas and in that combi was traveling one of our investigators and He shared His testimony! and after that we asked Him if he can come with us to visit other ivnestigator over there , well my companion and I felt that He can be a good help for the Brother Ignacio! and the Father confirmed us giving us this miracle. so we visited Ignacio with Edardo ( investigator in the combi) with the stake's president -President Lozano. I can't even express my feelings about that lesson, We talked about come unto Christ to be heal , all of us felt the Spirit and Even Hermana B_____ cried because we talked about death and she lost a good friend , I know that changed her life I was so grateful to saw that miracles and that we achieve the purpose in the divisions .
Other mriacle! (lots lots). We was walking and we found Sister Nelly we helped her with her bags and after that she invited us to Her house , her husband is less active his Name is Mateo, and we talked about christmas he was decorating the house and the Christmas tree , He listened us and he told us " I want to have faith " president i felt love for Him, and we invited Him to Church... and he went! after almost 14 years! His wife wept and gave us thanks.
Miracles happened , miracles if we listen the voice of God .
President i love this work, i love Jesus Christ , I know in this place i will find Him.
Sometimes is hard, but it will worth it.
With love .