If from the U.S. please send through the United States Postal Service no later than November 10thif possible.
If I may be so bold: Please consider something little for their companion in case they don't get anything from home and always list the value under $49 US dollars on the customs form. Also please put pictures of Christ on the boxes and if it is specifically for Christmas place holiday stickers or write as such and we will hold onto the box until our Christmas devotionals the middle of December. (Less chance of peeking/opening early! )
All houses have mini Christmas Trees and a strand of light for decoration.
This week was awesome! I got my new companion/ New Trainer.
ELDER RUIZ!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Elder Roooooeeeece! He is a champ. But this week I
have really seen the phrase, "The Lord has prepared the people for me in
Mexico." Since Elder Ruiz is new to the area, I have had to show him around
everywhere which is super fun. But this week we found a few people, all with
the same story, which is amazing. They all talked with missionaries a few
months ago, but lost contact. Now to try to find happiness these past two weeks
they have all been praying to find it. Its crazy how they all have been doing
this. One of them, Rosa, said this past week she was actually praying
for the missionaries to visit her. They are all awesome, and so touched by our
message. They all accepted a baptism date too! So we have a lot of work to do,
but it is awesome how the Lord prepares people for us. Also this week the girls
in this Familia (H R) were baptized and I got to be apart of it. I'm loving
every second and always working hard.
Han pasado cosas muy interesantes aquí, le cuento una de
ellas… El jueves estábamos practicando acerca de lo que íbamos a hacer con las
lecciones ese día, poco a poco el cuarto de estudios se inundó del espíritu, y
cuando eso pasó, le cedí el tiempo a mi compañero para hablar, y él empezó a
hablar español de una manera precisa y exacta, las palabras y oraciones que
usó, fueron excepcionales, no cabe duda que el don de lenguas proviene del
espíritu santo, eso es un testimonio que tengo ahora.
Hoy al estudiar acerca de la fe, busqué patrones como
usted nos ha enseñado, y comprendí que la fe es el primer principio del
evangelio y que por medio de ese primer principio nosotros podremos lograr la
exaltación y la vida eterna, porque ese es el propósito de la fe en Jesucristo.
Amo estar aquí presidente y saber que Dios va a confiar a
sus hijos a nosotros, si hacemos lo que nos ha mandado.
Hasta la próxima semana. ELDER G
" Hermana Egbert I wanted to send you this picture because I thought it was
hilarious. It says on the white board: Bienvenidos a la distrona de
Tulanchinches (Welcome to the district/zone of Tulan-bed bugs). And below a
little smaller, it says: una vez que entras, ya no sales
(once you come in, you
never leave). The Elderes were so funny.'
These missionaries have been good natured about the bed bug issues we are experiencing in this zone.... We will win this war!
I want to tell you of a specific prayer. If you remember,
my first day here, I lost my backpack in the back of a taxi. I was devastated,
but I knew the Lord would provide, so I didn't worry too much. The only thing I
would really miss would be the photos of my family. So, just before going to
bed, I said a specific prayer that at exactly 9:45, just before the start of
the meeting, I would have someone who works in the mission home come and talk
to me. He would show me my photos of my family and say that the taxi driver had
brought back my backpack. Then I went to bed. The next day, when I arrived for
the transfer meeting, I placed myself right front and center of the chapel
where anyone could have seen me. Exactly at 9:45 on my watch, The miracle took
place, and now I have my stuff back. I know that Heavenly Father answers our
prayers, especially when we pray specifically.
That was the beginning of my mission. So it started off
really good. I have been having a blast here in X. It is a lot of work, a lot
of biking, and I feel like my legs are going to fall off, but I have enjoyed
Elder ____ is an awesome trainer. He is very humble,
explains everything out with clarity, and has an awesome love for the people. I
have learned a lot from him, and still have a lot to learn. My Spanish is
progressing; I think at least for me, I know what I want to say, I am just
scared to say the wrong thing, so I speak very little, but I am starting to be
more bold. I am understanding the structure of speaking better and I am able to
speak my mind better, so it is good. It is still hard to understand what they
are saying when they are talking to me, but when I concentrate really hard and
have a prayer in my heart that I will understand, I do. Give it time, I will be
fluent (I hope).
This week we have been preparing one investigator for
baptism, and have been trying to contact and find others for baptism. Saturday,
we had a new investigator that was very receptive to our first lesson,the
restoration. At the end, she said yes to baptism! It was one of the best
feelings I have had in my life! DyC 18 (I think) comes to mind, "And if
you bring but one soul unto me, how great will be your joy if you bring many
souls unto me."
I may not know everything right now, but I am learning,
and I have a gran Entrenador, so I know I will learn fast. This has been my week,
and I hope for another awesome one just like it.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Wednesday District Meeting in Apan
Practices included door approaches and asking inspired questions...
Great District Meeting... so happy I came this direction.
and (below) one photo with Mom Egbert out of the way!!!
District Meeting in Tulancingo
President and Elder Hernandez (new mission counselor) made it just as they were finishing the meeting. He handed out homemade treats and got a few signatures on some paper work.
Good job President- thank you for taking pictures for the blog!
District Meeting in Huachinango with Elder Jensen at the wheel!
President spent most of his time in this meeting.
We sure love our missionaries serving in the Tulancingo Zone!
"You never know who you will find on the street working!"
And what do you know... treats in Hermana Egbert's mini van to boot...
Being a medical/oncology nurse back in Utah I wore this ribbon the month of October in honor of my friends who help others fight the battle of cancer, and those who have fought the fight, those fighting the fight, and those yet to fight the fight. Thinking of all our missionaries who have lost family, or currently have family fighting this battle. Sending our love and prayers your way.....
The work here is so great. We have so many investigators
and people that half the time I don't know who they are. That is hard and also
which road is which and where we are is hard too. My trainer is so great. He
helps me all the time in everything. I am helping him learn English and he is
helping me with Spanish. The Spanish is really coming and during lessons I know
I have the gift of tongues because I am able to say what I want to say. I also
think that the people are really starting to understand me as well. Which is a
confidence boost. Still learning Spanish, trying to learn as much as I can in
one day. With the work, we taught 40 lessons this past week. Also we have two
baptisms this Saturday and two or three in the coming weeks. I also enjoy
having the bike it helps a lot. The people here are great especially the
members. Yesterday I was able to bare my testimony in Spanish and I think it
went well. But the ward has really welcomed me into their ward. I feel the
spirit every minute of every day. It is so special to me to have the spirit
with me always. Thank you for everything you do and your love and support that
you have shown me. Me and my companion are going to continue to work hard this
coming week. I will let you know how this week goes.
Thanks for everything, Elder A
Saturday called for special changes
because of an Elders medical needs that need to be addressed...
So in Apan this is what it looked like....
and then it looked like this! Elder Torres and Elder Cruz now together.
In Tecamac 2 the Zone Leaders were this....
and now it is this! Elder Perez and Elder Marquez.
tengo mucho que escribir...espero que
esta listo para ir algunos minutos extra en su bicicleta estacionario, hahaha
no se crea.
Me da mucho alegria porque estoy aqui en X y ademas estoy
en la zona que tuve cuando estaba empezando mi jornada de la conversion. Tengo
buenos misioneros en el distrito y buenos miembros. Fije que la semana pasada
pradera tuvo 2 nuevos investigadores y que no se acuerdan cuando lograron 40
lecciones, y me asombre mas cuando solo tuvieron 3 bautismos en todo el año.
Mirando todo eso me hace sentir que tengo mucho trabajo que hacer...eso me
anima un buen! Me gusta ir contra los odds.
Mi compañero esta bien, me fije que no le gusta
contactar. Asi que puse una meta de lograr 15 contactos diarios para que tengo
la mentalidad de que me falta encontrar mas personas. Me preocupa que no hay
muchos investigadores entonces vamos a usar todos los fuentes que tenemos
especialmente la fe. Se que las oraciones sinceras y los ayunos fervientes
cambia la actitud del misionero, lo cual cambia el area.
Acerca del servicio, bueno algunos recien conversos no
lean el libro de mormon por sus que haceres, asi que nosotros pedimos que
leyera en voz alta un capitulo y mientras nosotros lavamos trastes, doblamos
ropa, limpiamos las ventanas y nos detenemos cuando ya terminan de leer,
Preguntamos que nos comparten lo que aprendieron y lo aplicamos a un principio
A cuanto a lo chistoso, bueno fue Halloween y Dia de los
Muertos entonces no estaba nadie en su casa, pero si estaban en la calle! :)
Estaba un niño de 12 años mas o menos espantando a algunos perros y en todo el
espiritu festival levante mis brazos y gruñe, el niño y su hermana se austo,
pero la abuela empezaba reir muchisimo. Les felicitamos un dia de halloween y
los contactamos. Igual con los disfraces que habia por este fin de semana
muchisimas familias estaban afuera y aprovechamos para contactar y hablar de
las familias eternas. Hubo algunos que querian y algunos que no pero lo
chistoso es que varios querian sacar fotos porque pensaban que estabamos
disfrazados, preguntaron si podian sacar una foto con nosotros y nosotros
pusimos un acuerdo. SI sacaban fotos o una pregunta, que nos presentamos y
hablamos acerca de lo que hace un misionero mormon. Fue muy divertido :) Bueno,
espero que pasaron un gran dia de los muertos y probaron el famoso pan de
muertos. Te amo, gracias.
There's always time for a little diversion....
Lovin' us some Mezquital Hoodlums!
CAN ALL YOU MOTHERS PICK OUT YOUR MISSIONARY?!
So fun to see everyone enjoy the Halloween holiday and include our missionaries in sharing the excitement of the holiday.
Hermana Gonzalez found some "future missionaries"...
Is that you Hrmn Hoopes and Hrmn Guzman?
ELDER HALL'S BIRTHDAY 2015
"A tradition is they
make you take a bite but then by total
surprise they smash your face in the cake