Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Greenies in Sparks!

Heyyyyyyy everybody!

Been a pretty good week this week! My new missionary has arrived! His name is Elder Palmer, and he's from Pencil Bluff, Arkansas! He's SUPER Mormon! Like 6th generation with 8 brothers and sisters that have all been on missions! He's also SUPER white, but he's ready to learn the language and listen to the SPIRIT!

Elder Palmer and I ready to get our grub on!

We had a good one for his first week, we found 3 new investigators, all on Sunday morning! As well, we have been teaching a Less Active & Investigator couple (Juan Carlos and Kimberly) who are going to be getting married soon so she can be baptized! We are super excited for that and to see when the date will be. Love seeing the gospel bless these families (or soon to be families)!

Outside pic of my apartment complex.

Golf course across the street. 

Got to do my first baptismal interview for some sisters in my district, so that was lit! As well I have another one today for some investigators of the Assistants! As well I am preparing for my first training on Tuesday, super excited! My district has two new missionaries in it, so we are gonna be focusing on helping them qualify for the gifts and guidance of the spirit so they can hit the ground running!

So grateful for all the awesome opportunities I have been given lately! Count your blessings everyone!

Until next week!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Flabbergastingly Inspired Changes!

Firstly, how the area is doing: We had planned to find 5 new investigators this week but all of the appointments one by one fell through. But we set quite a few more for next week so the work goes on! Also, Lupita and her whole family of 4 came to church this week, yay! We are going to set them with a baptismal date very soon!  Our members are great, though! The Calderon family, who already introduced us to Lupita and her family, introduced us to Juan, their neighbor. He was in a very rough spot but just a week or two ago he decided to stop drinking. He is so ready for the gospel and has already accepted a baptismal date! Member missionary work is the best! 

Our trip to the Temple.

Now, the good stuff! We got our transfer calls last night! I am staying! But Elder Gonzalez is leaving the area, but staying in the Branch! We are opening up a new area here in the Rama Vista, so there will be three companionships here now. He will be getting double transferred, meaning neither him nor his companion have been in the area previously, so they have to start from almost nothing! But I am confident in him! Also, his companion is going to be Elder Maiava, one of my old district mates from the MTC! 

Elders Gurr, Gonzalez Torres and myself.

This is going to be a crazy transfer. Especially because I have also been called to train a new missionary! And.... be a District Leader here in Sparks Zone! In my District will be me, my new companion, then Elder Gurr and HIS new companion (because he's training!), and then Sister Nielson and Sister Hull (new STL). It's gonna be a super lit transfer this next transfer, and this Branch is going to blow up! 

A home-made shrine we ran across.

Also, I almost forgot, we went to the temple on Tuesday, it was awesome!

Hope everyone has a great week! BYE!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another great week in Sparks!

Hola everycuerpo!

We have been seeing lots of great stuff happen here in the Rama Vista!

Pre-dinner pose with Elders Gurr, Gonzalez and Torres.

As a zone we set the goal to find 20 new investigators and we did it! 23 new investigators this week! And we were able to find 6 this week, so we are very happy! We have been seeing crazy miracles! We were able to start teaching all of Lupita's family and she really wants her kids to follow suit too if they get baptized. Now we just have to get the husband a little more excited and have her get her answer to the BoM! As well, the Calderon family are amazing member missionaries. They have a neighbor that is down on his luck because of his drinking problem, and so yesterday at church they basically told us to just meet at their house at 8 and that we would teach him! And he is super prepared! He already accepted a baptismal invitation and right after he sat there with the Book of Mormon in his hand and tears in his eyes and said that he feels this is the right path for him already! And he said once his family moves back, he will want to get them involved too!

Tons of miracles we are seeing! Also its like super hot here so that's fun.

Authentic Peruvian meal.

It was Peruvian independence day on Friday the 28th, and some Peruvian members had a huge party for it! And since I'm incredibly handsome they invited us! (It also might have been because one of the other Elders in the Branch is Peruvian). It was super good! Tons of apparently super authentic Peruvian food and what not (I would have no idea cuz I'm gringo). But it was tons of fun and there was even some investigators there!

Not much else this week. Loving the work!

Rain! Finally!

Also it rained, yay!