Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Week of Learning

We have had a very busy week this week.

Wednesday we had interviews with the entire zone. Something our mission does is the Zone Leaders interview every companionship of the zone for 30 minutes, so we're basically there as long as President is haha. It was a lot of fun, and I learned so much being able to minister to so many people. A few of the interviews were very powerful as well, as we had to help a companionship or two overcome some issues. The Spirit was definitely felt! One thing I learned from serving in this capacity these last few transfers is that as we minister (or attend to the needs of another) to those around us, we need to do it 1 by 1, and do it with love. We must show them we love them before we offer any suggestions for improvement. Noticing good qualities and skills is far more important and valuable that noticing flaws. When corrections need occur, however, they should be done gently and with love, and by the Spirit! I am so grateful I can be here in the Nevada, Reno Mission and learn so much from this sacred calling as a missionary!

Elder Torres and myself out and about.

On a less "sacred" note, we almost were destroyed by an attack rooster this week.
On Friday, we were biking around Cold Springs when we came across this one Less-Actives house.

We go to turn in the driveway, and we see a very stoic, very ominous rooster standing in the middle of the driveway like a statue. So we get off our bikes and go up towards the door, but the rooster starts to get a little defensive and coming towards us slowly, so we keep our distance and make a plan. We have heard from some members how deadly these things can be(razor-sharp talons and what-not), so I didn't want to take any chances. I started getting it's attention and kiting it over to me a little, and then Elder Torres snuck behind and went to knock on the door. He didn't get more than a few bangs in before that satan-bird turns around and starts slowly joggin towards him. As the avian-from-heck starts to get closer, he puffs up his feathers all big like (his jimmies had been thoroughly rustled) and starts making weird attack-rooster noises. It jumps up on the porch right next to Elder Torres, so he get spooked and starts kinda running around it toward me, and the little feller knows its on, so he starts picking up the pace to chase of my companion lol. So we high-tail it to our bikes and get outta there before that Chicken-Devil got out it's twelve-gauge.

So that's pretty much been our week! Keeping real busy and seeing miracles! Hope everyone has a good one! Love you all!

(sorry, I forgot my camera, more pics next week!)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Week of Refinement

Well this week has been interesting!

I'll just keep it short and say that things have been up and down, as it goes with missionary work!

One of the "downs" was obviously the passing of President Monson. He was an amazing prophet and did so many amazing things in his lifetime service to the Lord.
You know, that was also an "up", too. Because we know that that was not the end of his progression, nor will it be for us! Life moves on, another prophet is called, and the Lord's work will go forward.

View in Susanville

Another "up" I had was that I got to go spend a day and a half with Elder Bell in Susanville, California. That was fun! Lot's of cool miracles up there and tons of opportunity to minister to that district. It kinda stinks because they are pretty isolated up there (3 companionships), so when they get to see someone else once a transfer they lose it lol.

Overall there were a lot of positive things. Trials are definitely here to help us grow, though. That is one thing I know for sure! I am actually very grateful for the times when we are tried and refined. We would never be better people if we didn't learn to grow and repent.

Another view from Susanville

I am working on memorizing "The Living Christ" right now so that is fun! It's actually a blast and comes easier than you would think!

We are working with a lot of less-actives in Cold Springs, and it brings me so much joy to see them progress. A LA family just came to church yesterday and it is always so special to see the ward wrap their arms around them.

Not much else to report. Hope everyone has a great week!

God bless our prophet dear!

One of my favorite Thomas S. Monson quotes that I use a lot in missionary work:
"Never let a problem to be solved be more important that a person to be loved"

Friday, January 5, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Hope everyone had some awesome holidays! Ours were pretty rad.

First off, Christmas was amazing! I received a metric-crap-ton of candy, and some nice pants, which are in facts mutually exclusive, so I gave most of the candy away to other missionaries, members' kids, the homeless, etc. Now I can actually fit into the pants.

Elder Torres and I celebrating Christmas at a member's house.

On Christmas night we got together and watched MOANA as a zone! Dang I wanna be poly now! No but it was awesome, and then we got to do a white-elephant gift exchange. That was a ton of fun as well.

Also, as a Christmas present, we received an amazing referral from family up in Cold Springs!

All the West-Side Spanish missionaries.
A classic member-missionary situation where a young woman from the Cold Springs ward invited her friend Khami (sounds like Cami) to take the lessons! We taught her in the home of the members and every member of the family, even the 10 year old, was contributing and testifying to her! She has really just planted that seed of faith but we are so excited to see it grow.

Three wise men!
For New Years we went to bed early like a bunch of old timers! It was the best!
Not much went on! Loving it out here in Reno. Hope everyone has an awesome 2018.

Bye!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Succesful Transfers!!

Hola! Feliz (casi) Navidad!

Peavine Peak, near Reno

Elder Torres and I had a great week this week! We started off strong by finding 6 new investigators and having 5 people at church! The work is already going great and the members love us out here!

Anthony and Ryan are doing well still. They were a little sick this past week, but still came to church! They're the best! We are working with a couple more families as well that have been getting more and more involved in church and activities, so we are excited to see their progression in that.

I got really sick this week. Elder Torres found some old meat in the freezer and made it for me for breakfast. It was a nice gesture, I guess he had no idea how long it had been in there. So after about half a day in the bathroom, I  got over it and have been better since the "purging".

Yesterday we had a Christmas concert for the Reno North Stake, and all the missionaries in our zone sang in it! It was pretty awesome, we all sang "Come all ye faithful." and it was pretty wonderful! Music always brings the spirit a ton!

Sorry for lack of pics this week. I will definitely have more next week, though!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Allen's Baptism!

Amazing week this week!!!

Anthony and Ryan Allen were baptized and confirmed this week!

Anthony and Ryan Allen Baptism.
Myself and Elder Coronado

It was a wonderful service, lot's of ward support, and they shared their testimonies so it was mega powerful. Then yesterday they spoke at a Why I Believe fireside and it was as well very powerful. It is crazy how only a month ago we were talking with them on the street outside their house, and two days ago they were baptized!

We got transfer info yesterday, and Elder Coronado will be going to Fallon, Elder Lister to Sparks, and Elder Torres(my old District Leader) will be coming here to Reno North! Super pumped!

The gang's all here. From our recent hike.

View from the top of the hill.

This is one of 47 of the hillside letters (also known as mountain monograms) in Nevada.
The N represents the University of Nevada
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At the base of the hill prior to our hike.

Not much else to report!

Have a great week!





Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hi Everybody! 

Hope your first week of December was more lit than a Christmas tree! We had a pretty great one! 

So first off we found an awesome new investigator named Al. He has had some serious trials in his life, and is working on that foundation of faith. We showed him Light the World and he really enjoyed it! He seems like he could have a lot of potential. As well his son seems super interested so we will see!

Click HERE to view the new #LIGHTtheWORLD video.

#LIGHTtheWORLD

Anthony and Ryan Allen both had their baptismal interview and they did great. If you don't remember who that is, it's a father and son that we found around a month ago. They have been so prepared and are so dedicated to this already. They are super excited to get baptized this next weekend, and we are excited for them too!


Here's a picture of Anthony and his daughter Brooke. Ryan not included.

On Friday we had MLC(Mission Leadership Council). It's basically just a big meeting with President, the assistants, all of the Sister Training Leaders and all of the Zone Leaders. It was my second time going and it was really interesting. There is so much awesome training there and President is super open there. Learned a lot!

We got to watch the First Presidency Christmas devotional yesterday and that was awesome! We watched it at a members house and they fed us some amazing steak and brownie sundaes. #hnngg Also and my investigator was there! Yay!
Today for a zone activity we will be hiking up a mountain so that will be awesome! 

Also, it snowed! Wooo!

New snow! More to come.

Sorry for lack of detail! I am catching up on my journal! 

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

HAPPY TURKEY DAY

Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!

Our whole week was awesome! We had 4 dinners on thanksgiving!!!
I have given myself like no-time this week, but it was pretty amazing!

Thanksgiving Pie!

Some of the leftovers.

Also our investigator quit smoking last week so he could be baptized! We are so pumped he is set for very soon and we are excited!!!

Love missionary work and being a missionary. I hope everyone got to see their family this week. Give thanks!!!

Fat cat #puppycat

Fallen truck #windy

I am grateful for so many things, especially my family and the Atonement of Jesus Christ! I would not be here without those two things!


Love you all, have a great week!