Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Week of Miracles!

Hola a todos!

Hope everyone has had a great week! Our's was pretty good!

We had Zone Conference this week, it was so fun! We got to prepare a Zone Training there about Teaching for Conversion and Commitment and that was a little stressful but super rewarding! Elder Coronado and I came up with some awesome stuff and we think it will be super useful. It has definitely changed the way we extend commitments!

Zone Conference

Performing my duties as a new Zone Leader with Elder Coronado

Partaking in a helping of Mormon Punch

But yeah the Zone Conference was awesome overall and they are starting to roll out some cool stuff, like we got the pass-along cards for the new Light The World campaign that's starting on Nov. 24th, so we're extra-excited for that.
Also I got to see Elder Palmer again! He's just as weird as ever!

Got to see my old compadre Elder Palmer!

We have been working with some awesome people, and we have seen so many miracles! We street contacted this mother outside on Wednesday, and she referred us to her 11 year old son who immediately came out and told us he is looking for a church! When we came back on Friday, he had read the 1st pamphlet entirely and from the Intro of the BoM to 1 Nephi 3, WITH HIS FAMILY! He(Ryan) is so incredibly interested, and he and his father and sister(6) came to church! They loved it and the ward fellowshipped them SO well! They all went to their own respective classes and said they loved it, and are going to come again next week. As well, after the sacrament meeting (which was primary program haha) Anthony, the father, asked what they need to do to be baptized!! They are all so ready and he wants it so bad! Now we just need to get the mother to church, she was apparently not feeling well that morning.

Elder Coronado and I welcoming in Elder Lister last week

On Saturday I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Schloemer. It was great because I have been wanting to go on exchanges with him ever since he was my Zone Leader in Sparks! It was an awesome exchange. Not only did we teach a lot that day and get a lot done, but we also talked quite a lot about Christ-like leadership and how to acquire those attributes. He helped me receive some much-needed revelation that took a huge weight off of my shoulders!

Hangin with Elder Schloemer

Also I was able to see my old zone again and it was awesome! Really good to see everyone again!

I am loving it out here! Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It's Cold in Cold Springs!

Yo! Hope everyone's week was awesome!

We had a swagalicious week this week!

Just transferred to the Cold Springs/Silver Lake area.

So on Tuesday Elder Coronado and I picked up our new babby... Elder Lister!!!
Elder Lister is from Cedar City, Utah, and he is a total stud! He is an awesome missionary and he is already doing awesome! '

When you get too rowdy! Elder Lister on the floor.

One of Elder Lister's first dinners! Everything green, just like him!(Even the tortillas!)

So like I said last week I am now in the Cold Springs/Silver Lake wards! It's a huge area that's basically split into two, kinda like my first area. There's no-one with a baptismal date here right now but we are going to fix that soon! We started off strong by finding 4 new investigators this week! 3 of them are a family and the mom's name is Janna, she is like 30 and super eager to learn and better her life using the gospel! We are so excited to teach her some more!

Got to go downtown to give a hospital blessing at St. Mary's! 

The new squad. Elder Lister myself and Elder Coronado. 


Church was fun this week, there was a special broadcast for the North America, Southwest area, so many of you were probably able to watch it! Isn't Elder Christofferson the best!?

It was great to watch, and we had a few less-actives at church! We are working with a lot of less-actives in this area to follow the counsel of our leaders, to fund prepared investigators through teaching the less-active members of the church! The work here is already picking up a little and I am excited to see how it grows more! We are biking around a ton and talking to TONS of people, so that's great!

Last meal as the Spanish Trio! in'n out! (Elder Sly got a 4x4 :|)

Super excited for this next friday, because it will be Zone Conference, and we will get to train the whole zone on how to extend Commitments for Conversion! I love it!

Til next week

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Going to Reno!!!

Buenos Dias a todos!

I hope everyone had a great week last week.

Well, some news! I am going to be transferred to Cold Springs/Silver Lake wards in Reno! I will be serving there as a Zone Leader over the Reno North Zone with Elder Coronado! Also, we will be traning a new missionary together in ANOTHER trio! I am super excited for this opportunity to serve and I look forward to seeing what opportunities lay in store! Fun Fact: The Cold Springs and Silver Lake wards is where my trainer, Elder Guzman, went after he left me in Gardnerville/South Lake Tahoe! Super excited!

Elder Palmer will be leaving as well, going to the Truckee River ward in Reno Zone to finish another Elder's training, and Elder Abbott (from the MTC!) will be coming here to be the district leader and to finish Elder Sly's training! WOW!

Pics from our Temple trip

Out eating with a member

Ok, so now that that's over, we had a pretty good week this week! We had Juan Callero show up to church, which is an investigator that I have been waiting to come to church since me and Elder Gonzalez were together, so definitely an awesome tender mercy! As well we had Noe come, and the Sanchez Family! They are less-actives in another area but I have taught them a few times and they are so ready to start returning to activity! This branch is doing great, and It's sad to have to leave it, but I know these Elders are going to do great things!

Fall view of Reno

Elder Palmer is always hurting himself...

Also another awesome thing that happened, this Sunday I finished the Book of Mormon for the second time and Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. Sooo, I have written a little testimony. As well I have been studying "The Living Christ" alot, as you will probably be able to tell! Anyways!:

(Taken from my study journal:)
As I conclude the Book of Mormon for the second time and Jesus the Christ for the first, I would like to record my thoughts, impressions, and testimony of Jesus Christ after spending a little more than one year in His service. Before my mission, I had not considered Christ much more than a picture on the wall of our church buildings. It was not until my missionary service that I began to more fully understand the divine purpose and role of the Son of God plays in each of our lives. 
I know that in the pre-mortal counsels of heaven, each of us sustained Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, to be our Savior, to be the ultimate and spotless sacrifice for every mistake we, as humans, would make in our mortal advent. I know that he was Jehova, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of the Old Testament. I know that that same divine Son of God, who was pre-ordained to be our Savor, was born a humble birth into a mortal body, of a virgin mother, in Bethlehem, as had been prophesied in times of old. I know that he lived a perfect, sinless life, and that he set the example for us in every aspect. Even though He was sinless, He was baptized to show us the way. During his mortal ministry, He established His church and gospel, and called and ordained his apostles to preach it. He loved all and "Went about doing much good." In the Garden of Gethsemane, He alone suffered for ever misdeed, mistake, infirmity, and debility of all mankind. He was thereafter taken prisoner, tried, and condemned unjustly. He was crucified at the hands of wicked men. With His suffering in the garden and on the cross, He atoned for our sins, thereby breaking the bands of spiritual death. Three days later, when he rose from Joseph's tomb and was resurrected, He broke the bands of physical death, giving hope to all mankind that one day we will also be resurrected in perfect form. While His mortal ministry had ended, He still had work to do. He appeared to His disciples in Israel and charged them to preach his gospel to all. He was well appeared to His "Other sheep"(John 10:16) in the Americas, and established His gospel among them just as He has done in the Holy Land. After the long night of apostasy, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, and His gospel and Church were once again restored in fullness to the earth, as had been prophesied. The prophet Joseph testified of Him:  "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father."

I add my testimony to that of this latter-day prophet, I know that Jesus is the Christ, and the He dies live, and that we will all live again. I know that He will come again in "power and great glory" to the earth, and that one day we will all stand before Him to be judged of our actions. If they be good, and I ever pray that they may be, we will live in our Father's presence with our families for time and all eternity. The way to eternal happiness is through, and only through, Christ.
"And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved." Omni 1:26
I humbly testify that Christ is our person Savior, Redeemer, and Enabler. He has taken my meek missionary efforts and turned them into a tool for the salvation of others. He will lift us up, just as he was lifted up on the cross. I know the Lord lives and loved each one of you personally, and of Him I so testify, in His Holy Name, even Jesus Christ, Amen."

Branch prez at Trunk-or-Treat 
Monster trucks in Sparks

Sorry that was so long! Have a great week!

Also! Temple trip, it was the best!

Obedience = Prosperity

We had an amazing week this week!

We had 2 investigators at church as well as a few less-actives, and we found one new investigator named Noe that already has a baptismal date soon! He is so prepared and has already come to church with him great friend Hermano Calderon 3 times! The only problem is that he might be on probation so we need to figure all that stuff out before we go planning the baptism and what not.

Last week President Chesnut shared with us a scripture, Alma 36:1. I know this scripture is true through experience. The missionaries in this area before I arrived here were not exactly the most obedient nor hard-working. But with the help of a cooperative companion and a great district leader (Elder Torres), we changed the culture and the members noticed. However for a long period of time you could say we weren't seeing that much "traditional" success as in we did not see many baptisms. But in the scripture it says we will "prosper." The thing is that prosperity rarely comes in the way/form we think it will, but it always comes, and exactly how it needs to. I have learned so much these past 6 months in Sparks, and I have had so many amazing experiences in this branch. There have been many seeds planted and the reaping is about to begin, with or without me! But that's not the important thing, the important thing is that the reaping will be done by obedient missionaries!

Not much more to report but I just want to leave my testimony that I know all of these things are true. I know that by being obedient to each and every one of the Lord's commandments, we qualify for countless blessings and prosperity. So keep your eye out for it!

Sorry, I ran out of time, no pics, shortened p-day today! But we will be going to the TEMPLEEE!!! on Wednesday so It's worth it!!! 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Loving Life in Sparks

Hope everyone had an awesome week!

Zone Conference

I don't have a lot of time, but the week was great!

We had a little bit of disappointment in terms of appointments falling through and a lack of church attendance, but we are still doing well! If everything goes well, we will be having two baptisms this weekend! Arturo and Teresa are awesome and are super ready!

Sparkling cider at Elder Palmer's Birthday present party

Gansta Life

I just wanna add my testimony to all the modern-day Prophets and Apostles by saying that I do in reality know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that it has changed the course of my life in a drastic and amazing way!

Virgin Mary tree shrine

Have a great week yall!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elder Palmer got hurt again...

We had a pretty sweet week this week! Our investigators are progessing nicely and if everything goes through, we should be having a baptism next-next weekend! 

Eating some mexican food at Costa Vida!

Sun Valley Sunset

Sunset hitting the Sierra Nevadas

This is my puppy-garden, where I grow my puppies.

Also, conference was #lit. Like seriously we received so much spiritual light and knowledge! 

A common Missionary exercise. Changing a flat.

When you use someone else's bike for exchanges. (those are all goat-heads and can pop tires)

Elder Palmer tweaked his neck in morning program and looked super funny the whole weekend. Also it was his birthday so we did some special stuff for that.

Elder Palmer nursing a wrenched neck.

Elder Palmer celebrating a birthday!

I left my self no time to write this week. So sorry! But I hope you liked all of the pictures this week!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Super sweet week!

Our new babby boy se le llama Elder Sly!  He's awesome! From Florida too so we're a trio of southern Elders!
Here I am with Elders Sly and Elder Palmer

We had a great week together as well! Elder Sly's first week we found 2 new investigators and 3 of our investigators came to church!

It's gettin a little chilly lately, so we popped on our sweaters and went for some bike rides this week. Tons of awesome miracles we saw from it as well.

Also this week we did some service for an investigator of Elder Gonzalez and Elder Maiava's where we helped him clean up his side yard. And at one point I was in control of a gas powered weed-whacker(which I now realize I shouldn't have been #repentance), and so I go to cut some of the weeds but I give it a little too much mustard and the plastic tentacle-blade-things dig into the rock soil and start whipping these little rocks around. So because we are in a side yard that is only a few feet wide, this weed-whacker-rock-machine-gun that I have incidentally created starts to form a tunnel of rocky death, sending a grainy demise to any mis-fortunate creature that crosses the precipice of the investigators fence. And it also just so happens that a gaggle of missionaries and one investigator was standing at the "fun-side" of the death tunnel and I might have pelted each and every one of them with a bakers-dozen of little pepple/rock/sharp glass things. But after I realized the conundrum I had created apologies were exchanged and I'm sure no contention is held! Even though I'm pretty sure Elder Palmer now has a piece of Nevada permanently embedded in his upper thigh. 

Anyway, not much else to talk about this week.

Hope ya'll all have a good one! Be safe! Have charity! Repent!