Sunday, May 31, 2015

31 May 2015- And thus our mission tour begins...

So grateful for their sweet dispositions!



Well this week is a busy one-

Special changes again as we sent a missionary home. 
Grateful for missionaries that roll with the "punches"....
 as Elder Bickley would have said "Life is a garden- so DIG IT"

Sister with a wounded tail bone from a fall
Sister with a broken wrist from a bike wreck
Elder recuperating from pneumonia
and the list goes on.....

Mission Tour began with the Tezontepec/Mezquital Zones with the ever POWERFUL Elder and Sister Arnold of the Seventy.


Accompanied Elder/Sister Arnold to the CCM (MTC) in Mexico City. They participated in Sunday services with two branches and then talked to the entire group of missionaries. It was such a privilege to be there and to see the amazing grounds, beautiful and excited missionaries, feel of the sweet spirit, and hear the Arnold's speak with such "passion". 



....An experience we had this week that i thought was really cool and quite a miracle was when we got a referral from the offices and so we went and looked for there house which was house number 21 and they also said it was a green house. So we went to the street that they said they lived on and we found house 21 but it was a white house...? There were like 5 other green houses on the same street so we decided to contact them all and we ended up finding a family who is so prepared for the gospel. Its amazing how the Lord will put people in your way when you least expect it! This is really my first experience like this and i feel so happy and blessed to have this oportunity to teach this family and to serve the Lord here in Pachuca!....
Elder S

.....Es raro pensar cuanto he llegado a amar esta area. Casi llevo 6 meses aqui y de verdad ha sido una benicion enorme trabajar aqui. Cuando llegue aqui yo no tenia ningun idea sobre el area. Mi compañero y yo llegamos solos, sin conocer y sin pretextos. Desde el primer dia, yo he trabajado con mucha fuerza y dios me ha bendecido con mucho exito. Con el tiempo, yo escuche de otros misioneros que este area segun era "chafa." y de hecho, sigo escuchando comentarios asi de varios misioneros. He aprendido aqui que no hay un area mala, ni una tarea demasido dificil. Debemos tener la actidud que en todo lugar y en todo tiempo hay hijos de dios buscando la verdad. Dios confia en nosotros. Dios confia en mi. Aunque esta semana no fue tan buena, No tengo ninguna duda que vamos a seguir logrando grandes cosas aqui. Lo hemos hecho antes, y seguiremos haciendo lo.

Gracias presidente. Cuídese mucho.

-Elder E

Es con familia martinez que cumplieron un año de ser miembros!!!!! y se estan preparando para ser selladoss en septiembre cuando abran el templo!! que emocion!!!!! =)

"Okay this is a dear dear family in Tecamac! Hermana Contreras and I contacted them because they were a reference and la mama...Hermana Reina...cried the first time we visited because she just felt the spirit and she told us the first day that she wanted to get baptized. But is was all a big process she was married before and living with her now husband. But never lost hope we kept teaching them and they progressed so much! Even her husband who smoked a TON and believed in the santa muerte wanted to be baptized. We made plans for them to get married and they did and also got baptizsed when I left to Tulancingo. They found out I was there in Tecamac on intercambios and came out with this cute little heart pillow that says Te quiuero <3 melted my heart and made me kind of cry! They then went with us to visit a family and testified of the difference the gospel makes in their lives. I was just so thankful to see them and see how the gospel really changes lives! I wasn't there for their baptism but I consider them as one of my dear dear families :)"

"my twin! When she left they all said.."hey wheres your twin?" haha People always asked us if we were real sisters! :) Love her so so so much!" 

Hi president:
Im so happy for write you again, this is one of my more tired week!!! because we found a new investigators specially the tuesday, we contact and contact!!! and no body want to hear us, and we think..what it"s happening!!!!? we look ugly or something lke that!!! but we really try... and nothing!!! and try again and nothing!!!! but when we go for an other way... we see a man, he is shopping bread in the street!! and we say , we are missionarys and the lord´s send us for to give you a blessing!!! and he say, no thank i dont believe in god!!! and we try in some many other religion and i cant belive!!! and the only what i think is, he is a layer!! no body can say that!!! and i open my mouth and say... i promisse if you live us inside in your home and give you this blessing i promisse like representant of the lord Jesuschris, you wanna believe in god!!!! and when i feel so strenght the spirit testify, and he say YES!!! and we enter in his home, and was one of the most powerful lesson what i have, and i really can testify the power of the spirit in my mint!!! and he say yes for all... for the baptisim and for read and pray for and answer... and the thursday my companion go to his home again, because we are in interchanges!! and he read all... and he really belive joseph smith was a prophet!!! and he want to baptisim... and im so gratifu when i say im representant of Jesuschrist...

Hermana V

 "haha the night we stayed with the sisters that we were leaving. Hahah they didnt want to leave! Such great misioneras! Miss them a ton! :) So thankful for their examples" 


......From these two weeks I have learned a lot about the charity Sis A has for everyone. I wish I could have the gift of patience and caring like she does. She is an unselfishness young woman whose only desire is to serve the lord with all her mind, heart, and strenght. Her obedience is amazing, and she is still learning how to do some things, she is capable to testify and teach according to the Spirit. Last Friday, we were contacting a combi. So I went to talk to some people, and she went to talked to other two. But one od the people she was contacting started to make her a lot of question and to attack her. When I turned around to see how she was doing, I was amazed by this sister missionary testifying of her believes. I love Sis. A's testimony. It's so honest and powerful.....Love S. B

 "So we couldn't walk the next day after our thigh buster ride- but don't worry we recovered!"
"Hermana Boones first time on a bike in the MISSION! She was so awesome and did so great!...hahah she said her legs were so SORE the next day...haha so for exercise we did YOGA and stretched :) she is so positive and strong!"

We LOVE working with the members! She got baptized with us a year ago when I was in the trio and she has just been called to be misionera del barrio! She is SO happy and always does visits with us! I am so thankful for her :) 
She is a converso REAL <3 (REAL CONVERT)

Hi President!

This week we were able to find more peoples to teach, we had some very good experiences.

We were looking for a reference that we were not able to find because we did not have the number or address exact of the house, we only had one description of the house, it is very difficult in Mexico to find references! While we tried to find the house, we found a home similar to the description that we received, we knocked the door and a women left the home, we began to speak with her and we asked if the people that we were finding lived there, she said "no", then we asked if we were able to share a message of Jesus Christ with her and her family, she accepted but not with enthusiasm.

When we came in the house, she called her sons, one descended from his room and the other come with a group of childrens, every one sat down next to us, then we asked if we can say a prayer and if they wanted us to pray for something or someone in particular, one the her sons he asked us to pray for his grandmother, we asked for the reason of his petition, and in this moment he began to cry and he said that his grandmother died, his mother hugged him and there was a moment of silence, his mother continued saying that she never thought that he was still sad about the death of his grandmother.

We shared a short message of the Plan of Salvation and as we concluded she thanked us because she could tell that her son needed help, and she accepted that we can return.

The most amazing part was that a child that is not from this family, ran to his house and when he returned, he said that his family wants to listen to us!

Right now the two families are listening to us. We hope that they come to the chapel next Sunday.

Esta semana logramos hablar con varios miembros que aceptaron acompañarnos en esta próxima semana, ya fijamos citas con ellos y esperamos poder lograr que varios miembros conozcan y hermanen a las personas que estamos enseñando.

Muchísimas gracias por toda su ayuda Presidente y el ánimo que siempre me da!

Elder M

 "PASSED" my FINAL English language exam!!!!

 We look like the "pack mules" for our zones..... 

Querido Presidente,

Por fin logramos el entandare. Después un ciclo medio difícil logramos nuestros metas. Tuvimos la oportunidad no solo a visitar 50 personas pero siento que realmente ayudemos a ellos entender el mensaje. La zona hasta ahora esta bien como siempre no hay tantos dificultades al principio pero siento que vamos a tener mucho éxito. Tenemos muy buenos misioneros y tengo el deseo a ayudarles lograr su potencial. No soy perfecto ni estoy cerca pero si hablo con el espíritu ellos tendrán la oportunidad a cambiar. Tengo mucho que mejorar pero estoy logrando que quiero. Primeramente con mis estudios. ¡WOW! No se porque no empece a estudiar con los 5 puntos antes. He aprendido cosas tan importantes que las personas necesitan entender con eso. Mas el punto numero 3. buscar patrones. Con eso yo entiendo mejor las cosas que he estudiado bastante veces y ahora aprendí mas y la gran importancia de ella. Es maravillosa que puede aprender con un poquito de esfuerzo pero mas importante si estudia por otras personas. Linea por Linea, precepto por precepto. Segundo es la oración. Durante el tiempo que estuve estudiando el discurso de Elder Bednar antes que empezar pedí que podría saber como ser convertido. En 5 minutos encontré los 5 punto de la conversión. Me maravillé. 5 cosas para saber como yo puedo ser convertido al Señor 100%. Siento que en esta época de mi vida estoy en el numero 4. Todavía tengo mucho que cambiar en mi corazón. Pero estoy tan dispuesto que me mata que soy tan débil. Siento como Nefi "Oh, miserable hombre que soy! Si, mi corazón se entristece a causa de mi carne. Mi alma se aflige a causa de mis iniquidades. Me veo circundado a causa de las tentaciones y pecados que tan fácilmente me asedian. y cuando deseo regocijarme, mi corazón gime a causa de mis pecados; no obstante, se en quien he confiado. Mi Dios ha sido mi apoyo; el me ha guiado por entre mis aflicciones en el desierto; y me ha preservado sobre las aguas del gran mar." Tal vez no exactamente en algunos aspectos pero si ja. Se que yo puedo cambiar y lo haré. Muchas Gracias Presidente por todo. Les amo mucho. Elder R

Sunday, May 24, 2015

24 May 2015- "Elder Bednar's Visit"

"Missing You"

One thing is for certain ... our love for our returned missionaries continues to grow even in their absence...
This is the sweetest picture & message President and I received this weekend.. meant so much to us... Thank you. Hugs from Mexico!
Elder Felsted, Elder Katich, Elder Segura, Elder Stewart, Elder Esteves


Elder Bednar visited Mision Mexico Pachuca 
18 May 2015
There is something powerful about being in the presence of an apostle- and when they testify ... "I am a witness that Jesus Christ lives..."
It makes me hold my breath and my heart skip a beat.

So grateful for this tender blessing of having him and Elder De Hoyos take the time in their jammed packed schedule to speak to our missionaries for 3 hours. 
They even indulged us in a photo opportunity as an entire group!

The Church requested photos be taken and three 2minute videos. 
Hermana Guerrero (Sister Missionary) used our mission camera to take these great shots! 
Kudos to her for her reverent and quick picture taking skills.

"Be an agent.... not an object" 
- Elder Bednar 
18 May 2015

"During His (Jesus Christ) earthly ministry, the Savior taught His gospel and performed many miracles. He called twelve men to be His Apostles and laid his hands on their heads to give them priesthood authority. He organized His Church, fulfilled prophecy, and was rejected and crucified. 
Most important, He completed the Atonement. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, completed all that His Heavenly Father sent Him to do...
Before the Savior's death and Resurrection, He gave His apostles authority to teach His gospel, perform the ordinances of salvation, and establish His Church in the world. When the circumstances were right, Heavenly Father once again reached out to His children in love. He called a young man named Joseph Smith as a prophet. Through him the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. 
A living prophet directs the Church today. This prophet, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -Day Saints, is the authorized successor to Joseph Smith. He and the present Apostles trace their authority to Jesus Christ in an unbroken chain of ordinations through Joseph Smith." 
- Preach My Gospel Manual
Pg . 34-37

 " You never receive a gift to benefit you... only to benefit others.."
- Elder Bednar
18 May 2015

 "The Holy Ghost is a revealer of all things- including the truth about ourselves..."
- Elder Bednar
18 May 2015

"Questions in the scriptures can teach us a lot..."
- Elder Bednar
18 May 2015

"No more disposition to do evil..."
- Elder Bednar
18 May 2015
Mosiah 5: 2

 "..God only trusts us with spiritual gifts if we are willing to be the delivery system of those gifts?.."

 Elder Bednar was so gracious to give President and I a couple of minutes to bare our testimonies and the feelings of our heart... President translated for me ... again!
Our hearts were full....

 Faces of an amazing morning with Elder Bednar and "full spiritual buckets!"

 Our many friends " the taxistas" retrieving our missionaries to take to the bus station

 "Hi MOM!"  Photo bomb courtesy of Elder Galo!


"The restored gospel enables you to become like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Savior has shown the way. He has set the perfect example, and He commands us to become as He is. Learn of Him and seek to incorporate His attributes into your life. Through the power of His atonement, you can achieve this goal and lead others to achieve it also."
-Preach My Gospel Manual
-pg 115

Hola Presidente :)
Estoy muy muy feliz y nuevamente le quiero agradecer por la compañera que tengo. Siempre me da.. pues usted y el señor me dan exactamente lo que necesito! Mi compañera siempre me ayuda fortalecer las cosas en que estaba fallando y me ayuda ser mejor entonces muchas gracias :) Esta semana nos fue muy bien! Buscamos y buscamos nuevas personas y encontramos algunos muy buenos! Sé que la diligencia y perseverancia son muy muy importantes. Habíamos orado y tocado muchas puertas y nada pero en ese momento recordé lo que usted no enseñó del caballo y lo jalábamos una milla mas! Y el Señor nos bendijo. En mi misión me ha dado cuenta de algo y es que el señor siempre cumple con sus promesas si nosotros cumplimos con él pero no en el tiempo que nosotros a veces pensamos y lo vamos a recibir mas cuando él Señor juzga prudente que lo recibiremos. Algo que Elder Bednar dijo y es muy cierto es que la prueba de nuestra fe no siempre va ser una prueba muy grande pero va ser algo como por ejemplo contactar mil personas y no encontrar alguien hasta el ultimo. Mostramos nuestra fe si seguimos sabiendo que el Señor nos cumplirá. La verdad estoy tan agradecida por cada momento en la mision y todo lo que he estado aprendiendo! Dice en adaptarse a la vida misional que tenemos la gran oportunidad de estar en primera fila y ver los cambios que las personas hacen en sus vidas por medio de la expiación. Y he tenido una gran oportunidad y bendicion de verlo en uno de nuestros investigadores. Él ha tenido problemas con fumar por muchos años y ahora está esforzandose para poder dejarlo para que pueda hacer un convenio con Dios y realmente cambiar su vida. He visto tanto los milagros en su vida y el progreso que ha podido tener en tan corto tiempo y con la ayuda del señor es algo maravillosa. Sé que Jesucristo es nuestro salvador y que solamente por medio de el nosotros podemos hacer todas las cosas. La mision sigue siendo mas y mas maravillosa en cada día. Muchas gracias Presidente por todo. 
Especialmente el amor que Usted y Hermana Egbert nos tienen. Les amo muchisimo. 
Que tengan una excelente semana :) Hermana. R

 Our newest convert (above and below) with his new temple recommend to visit the temple baptistery..... He is AWESOME!

This is 13 year old Kevin.... his parents have baptism dates in two weeks. 
Love it when a family is converted and taught together. Youth with testimonies are so powerful... you are looking at a future missionary in less than 5 years!

Branch Conference in Molango this weekend...

First was work in the office with the Branch Presidency and President catching up on finances and membership audits.... and then lunch with members of the branch on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Then from 4-9 pm family visits with the Branch Presidency, President Egbert and the missionaries splitting up. A wonderful experience to be in the members homes and feel of their sweet spirits and testimonies.
And then this morning breakfast with Elder Ford and Elder Barrera (Mom Egbert brought the waffle maker, fresh raspberries and bacon- Elder Barrera even practiced his English skills by saying "This is delicious" - 
Then off to branch conference with approx 40+ in attendance.
Wonderful Weekend!

Our great missionaries are so on dependable. Making sure the house of prayer is clean, grass cut and flowers blooming!


 "Thanks to my parents for sending me sweet surprises!"

 Yum.... Chicharones......

 Some quality time in the local hospital with a BIG case of Pneumonia..
Admitted on Monday night and released Friday morning. 
Grateful for our blessings and the power of prayer.
Elder Jones and Elder Cruz were getting a little stir CRAZY! 

"We are having too much fun together! 
Love my companion...."