Monday, March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018 Normal Week

Dear mom and everyone,

This week was fairly normal, nothing too exciting but it was a satisfying week. Monday, we Played pool after writing, that was fun. Tuesday, we had divisions. I stayed in our area and we had a fun day. There’s a family in our ward with a lot of problems with health and fighting and we started the divisions going with them to give a blessing. The son is a troublesome kid so we took him with up to a lesson and had a really cool lesson. We taught some new investigators and the Kid has a really good testimony and helped a lot in the lesson. We are going to take him with us more often. Then we ended the day by talking to his grandpa who isn't a member and we had a really good lesson with him talking about what his doubts are about the church.

Wednesday, almost everything fell through so we ended up contacting in a neighborhood that we hadn’t been in before. We got a few appt out of it so it was cool.

Thursday, I wend to do an interview for a young kid and he passed it. In the afternoon we talked with an old investigator and she now seems a lot more interested so well see what happens. We ended the day with an FHE with some members.

Friday, we went to the birthday party of our convert. It was a good time. We gave him ties and a cake. 

Sunday was interesting, we were fasting and we had no idea what to do so we were in the house at like 730 and I just thought of some old investigators and we went to a kid that was just never home and we found him. Hard a cool lesson on the Book of Mormon and he now has a little bit more flexible schedule so we will be able to talk to him more.

I’m really excited to be in the Lords work and I love serving others.

I love you all

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 26, 2018 Fake Tt Till You Make It

Dear mom and everything,

Ok don't worry I didn't get changed but we got some in the zone. Tuesday, we had Divisions its was cool. We didn't do a lot but I enjoyed my time. 

Wednesday, was super slow, we had a few meetings with some stake leaders and we put some goals for working together with the members for the zone. It was good. Then we ended up having a lesson with a recent convert that had disappeared since his confirmation. 

Thursday, we had a more interesting day. We were getting our normal study done when we get a call that there were going to be special changes. There was a ward in our zone that wasn't giving food to the missionaries, so Pres took them out, and there was another kid that had just got here that didn't want to be here so he left and the other two got reassigned, one to the same zone the other to Oaxaca city. Then when everyone left we had to propose a mission activity to the bishopric. So, we got there early to try and make brownies with the 2 counselors and they came out like lava cake. They still tasted good just a little burnt. But the activity is going to be a talent show that should be fun. Loosle is going to play his Sax

Saturday, we went to the baptism of a kid we taught in the other ward and he wanted Loosle to baptize him so we went to the baptism and then went had a cool lesson about family study. it was cool, we read the Libro de Mormon with them and talked about what we learned.

Sunday, we had a family home evening with a part member family. We read parts of the proclamation the bishop the president of the relief society came and all bore testimony on how the gospel blesses the family and the dad is going to get baptized as soon as the can get married. It’s really hard to get married in Mexico. 

No more earthquakes that I know of. The area is good, it seems there’s always a zone leader job that always gets in the way but I’m faking it till I make it. It’s nice having a smaller area but I wanted the other one because we had more progressing investigators there and cool leadership in the ward. No, I haven’t been able to cook anything for a while. 

Well I love you all 
Elder Loosle showing off Elder Olsen's new Hammock

 Brownies or Lava Cake? This is what happens when the oven doesn't work at the church.

 Baptism from the old Area.  Elder Loosle was asked to baptize the boy.

 Family Home Evening.  Everyone seems to have a hammock in their house in Oaxaca

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018 Another Earthquake

Dear Mom and everyone,

This was a super cool week. The start was a FHE with a part member family. We got a few new investigators from it. We were going to have a fire but they decided not to, the kids were disappointed.

Tuesday, we spent a lot of the day tracting but we did find a few interested people. One of them was an elderly couple that was taking care of their grandson because his mom died. The grandpa is really sick We just said a prayer with them the first and I’m not sure if the man was just confused but he said that he had seen us before, but his wife said that they had never seen the missionaries before. Anyway, the next time we came back we taught the restoration of the priesthood quick and gave him a blessing. I don't know how long he'll last. 

Wednesday was weird. I got permission to go to the temple so We went out early for an appointment, then I had to buy the bus ticket but it was worth it then we came back a little later to study. While we studied the assistants call and ask where we were. Then they said ok well be there in 4 min. so we wait and the first assistant comes in then the next one... the like 30 secs later pres. it was unexpected but cool. The assistants did divisions with some other elders in the zone and we went and finished the day normal. 

Thursday, we went to Tehuantepec, about 20 minutes away for the conference. We talked about the same thing as the leadership council and then we had a special treat. We watched Coco. It was an awesome movie. and there’s a lot of cultural things that they show in the movie that are true. From there Elder Bills and I left for Oaxaca and Loosle stayed with Bill's comp. We got to Oaxaca and bought stuff to make hamburgers and slept in the offices.

Friday, we left early to do a session before the sealing. It was awesome to go through in Spanish and understand everything. I love going to the temple, it really is a special place. Then we got to watch the sealing. It was cool to see all the people from La Joya again. We went and ate with them after pictures and then we had to head back and yes, I was in the bus when the earthquake hit and didn’t feel it. A little town called Rio Grande was the only place in the mission that got hit but everyone is fine and there was no real damage where I am at, there have been a few aftershocks but I haven’t felt any. 

Saturday, we went back to work. That morning we had to do 5 interviews in an area about an hour away from ours so that was fun. 4 of them got baptized and the last will probably get baptized in 2 weeks. Then we ended the day with a few appt. 

Today was disappointing because last week the hammock guy said it would be done this week and now his saying Thursday so I was pretty mad about that but whatever I guess I have to learn some more patience. 

Well I love you all,

 Estamos en Salina Cruz y estamos comunicándonos con todos los misioneros pero algunas líneas están saturadas, con todos los que hemos contactado están bien, y no han habido daños en las ciudades, el Presidente está yendo hacia Juchitan
We are in Salina Cruz and we are communicating with all the missionaries but some lines are saturated, with everyone we have contacted are well, and there have been no damage to the cities, the president is going to juchitán