Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hola!

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!

#february

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!)

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!!