Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Texas Toast and Healing Blessings

We had a wonderful week this week!

First off, I will not be getting transferred! I will remain up here in Cold Springs/Silver Lake at least another transfer with Elder Doig an Elder Torres. This was actually unexpected, because rarely in this mission do companions stay together for more than 2 transfers, and this will be my 3rd with Elder Torres. It's ok, I am his best friend so I'm sure he will enjoy it!

As well, this is Elder Torres' last transfer in the MISSION, so that will be kind of scary. I have never "killed off" a missionary before, but I'm sure he will sprint to the finish, so to speak.

The Cconas family

In other news, lot's of lessons and lot's of progression in our area. The Razo family came to church this week and that was an amazing miracle. I am so glad I get to stay another 6 weeks because I think we will likely have a few baptisms soon. Alex and Jennifer will be getting baptized/re-baptized within the next month most likely, and we will be setting the Razos with a date tonight! So pumped!

I know a lot more happened but to be honest I cannot really remember! One amazing miracle did happen last night, though. So we had been fasting yesterday, and I started feeling really sick, which usually doesn't happen, but we were like whatever. So we get to the long awaited dinner and it's some amazing lasagna with Texas  toast prepared by my Guyanese mother, Sister Davis, and so obviously I scarf it up. Well apparently fasting and then binge eating don't go well together, so my previous light nausea and headache turn into like, "Holy Cow my insides are exploding let me die now pls" sickness. As well, side note, pretty much every last Sunday of the transfer, as part of our assignment we host a "Why I Believe" fireside where recent converts/returning less-actives share their testimony and conversion story. So dinner ends about an 30 minutes before we need to be at the stake center in Reno to set up for this fireside, and I am like rolling around on the ground dying. I lay down and take some pepto and pain killers but it really didn't seem to do much. Well some other missionaries came over to our apartment, as we were going to give them a ride to the fireside. Well I got the idea to do a priesthood blessing, so I ask the other two missionaries to administer to me. After they pronounced the healing blessing on my head, I stood up and was ready to go. The symptoms weren't entirely gone, but has almost totally and immediately subsided. For the remainder of the night I was able to function without concern, and again my testimony of the priesthood is re-confirmed. Miracles happen and the priesthood of God is alive and well on the earth today.

 Our zone from Zone Conference

One last thing, another testament was given to me that we don't know always know what seeds we plant in the work of God! Two investigators Elder Jarnagin and I found by essentially knocking on a random door my last week in Gardnerville -- my first area -- were baptized this last week! I know that the Lord prepares people, and sometimes it is through us. That is why we cannot think that we aren't successful just because we don't see the outward results. No effort is wasted!

Anyway, not much else to cover! I am continuing to love this mission and the progression I am experiencing.

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Another Great Week in the Snow!

We had a wonderful week this week. Sorry for no e-mail last week! It was President's Day so that complicates the email situation, as libraries are usually closed! But anyway, lot's of wonderful things happened the last 2 weeks. We had a Zone Conference, and so Elder Torres and I got to present our training for our zone! It was lots of fun! We learned a lot from it, and I can't wait for next time!

Elder Torres and myself presenting training at the Reno North Zone Conference

Selfie with Elder Cardoza and Elder Torres!

We went on exchanges with Elder Schloemer this last week, so that was fun as always! As well, last p-day we had a huge nerf war as a zone activity. It sounds lame, but it's actually a lot of fun and a crazy good workout. I don't have pictures unfortunatley, but I will take some next time we have one. Basically we flipped over a bunch of tables and made a big battleground in the chapel gym. It was a blast! I don't have a nerf gun, but I just use a slingshot to shoot these little nerf balls. That is like the most fun thing ever, and it's surprisingly accurate. The hard part is just making sure you don't hit any Sisters in the face, 'cause those suckers sting.


It snowed like crazy up here! We had interviews on Thursday and we weren't sure if we were going to make it into town haha. Especially with Elder Torres driving! No but it wasn't that bad, probably about a foot we got. But it made things exciting and it makes for great impromptu snowball fights while proselyting.

The Cold Spring Valley mountains

Snow Angel Shenanagins

We as well were able to go on exchanges with Elder Cardoza, and new missionary. So that was fun to get to help him out for the day.

One last thing. We had an amazing lesson with the Razo family this week. It was a super spiritual lesson. Lot's of crying haha. I guess that's what happens with 3 hispanic daughters and a stressed out mom. But the oldest daughter, Mayra, was reading Moroni 10:3-5 in the Book of Mormon and goes, "OH!" and we were like, what does "oh" mean? And she's like, "the holy ghost is manifesting itself to me right now! like so I know that the book is true!" We had like a total internal freak out because that's awesome! Her sisters are working on getting their answers too! But we are planning setting them up for baptism really soon! Miracles are everywhere in the work of the Lord.

Tortas y Pupusas! Thanks local panaderia!

Not much more went on these last few weeks.

Hope everyone has an amazing 7 days!


Thursday, February 15, 2018


Sorry, I have given myself not much time to email this week! We had a great one though! Got to go on exchanges twice with both the District Leaders in our zone. Lot's of training and lots of fun!


I am continuing to have amazing experiences out here every day that teach my ultimately about my reliance on the Savior and how important living gospel principles every day is! I feel I am truly losing myself in the service of others! Like seriously what day is it. Speaking of, happy valentines day everyone, I think!

It snowed finally, kindof!

I know this picture might trigger an epileptic siezure, but it's the only thing I have to
show for an amazing exchange in downtown Reno. (it's the Reno sign at night)

Heres an omelet I made, smothered in Tapatio and Yum-Yum sauce to cover the flavor of old ham and kale. #gains

I love my mission and I love my Lord! Have an amazing week and don't forget to lift those around you!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Awesome Week!

Lot's of awesome miracles this week!

Elder Abbott (MTC district) and I at MLC, featuring Elder Harmon
Elder Schloemer at our zone sports!

We have just been building up this area and I am loving it. We haven't had a day with less than like at least 2 teaching appointments in a few weeks. It's great to see it grow so much! One of our investigators set herself with a baptismal date of May 8th, but that's a little far off so we are going to talk to her about it lol.

The Squa'

We had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) again this week. That is always a blast to go to. I love getting to work more closely with President Chesnut and receiving so much instruction and counsel from him. We got some information about the new Mission President that will replace President Chestnut *holds back tears*. His name is Elder Godoy and he's currently serving as an area 70. So that's awesome! I am pretending like I didn't hear that information though because I don't want President Chesnut to leave haha!

Why is it 60 in February in NV?

Elder Torres fixes a bike tire while Elder Doig characteristically stands there (joking :))

Not much else went on! We are loving being with Elder Doig and he is learning right along side us!

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Back in a Trio!

We had a really good week this week! Back in a trio again! It has it's pros and cons haha.

Elder Torres, Elder Doig and I dropping off some food.

We have like a half new zone, so we are excited to meet everyone! We have been super busy as of late up here. Lot's of work to do, appointments every night, lot's of people starting to progress! We are loving it and are shooting for a few baptisms by the end of this transfer. The work is moving along!

Sunset over the mountains.

Elder Doig, our new companion, is loving it up here. He is a somewhat new missionary (we're not training him), and so he is learning to get out of his comfort zone recently.

One thing I learned this last week is that any progression is good progression! Whether it be with investigators, other missionaries, or even ourselves, if we are getting better than we are progressing. We won't be perfect in this life, but we can be perfect in trying!

Elder Torres cut his finger on a broken piece of ceramic sticking out of a trash can while biking . Hopefully he doesn't have HIV now. He's kind of a baby about it. #lol

Loving it out here. Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Temple Trip!

We had an awesome week! We were suuuper busy this week. Like every day we have hit the pillow exhausted. And astonished that these days, even weeks, are flying by! One awesome highlight is that we got to go to the temple this week! That is just like the best thing for a missionary. I felt rejuvenated and re-energized!

Reno, Nevada Temple

We received transfer information this week. Elder Torres and I will be staying together, but we will be receiving a another missionary, Elder Doig! We are excited to see how we can help him out!

We had a Why I Believe fireside this week that was pretty awesome. Tons of great testimonies, including one by a returning less active that we've been teaching, Brother Brown. We have been teaching a lot of less actives and one family, the Moores, have been coming to church since we started teaching them. They love the ward and the ward loves them!

Temple pic with some of the California Elders.

Seeing people change and let the Gospel work in their life brings us so much happiness!

Nothing much else to report. Continuing to learn that love is the most important attribute a leader can have.

Have a great week!

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!)