Monday, October 20, 2014

Ya no me recuerdo ingles

Haha its true, my english is awful. I realized it more this week because there is a new ´gringo´in our district here and i can´t communicate with him, my english is super weird and mexicanified now. (yeah that's a word) Hopefully it will get better before i arrive home because if not you guys are gonna get quick the laugh out of it. 

Its hard to believe that it was only a week ago that i wrote you guys. This week has been soooooo long! Not because its been a bad week or anything, but it´s just gone by really slow. I feel like that usually how it goes when i first get to an area or with a new companion, and then once we get more settled in time starts to fly again. 

Well my new, and most likely final area is in a city called Acuña, which is also a border town, and its the farthest point away from the mission home. So actually people tell me that im closer to Dallas than i am to Saltillo (where the mission offices are) haha. I might as well just take a bus home instead of a plane. Haha just kidding. But anywho, so we are in a little branch here called Industrial, and my new hijo´s name is Elder Muñoz!! He is from Arizona and he's bilingual which is cool. Spanish was actually his first language so he speaks it really well, obviously... Haha but he's awesome! He comes with a lot of excitement to do the work and he's a really hard worker. We´re opening area here so we are starting from scratch basically, the last elders left a few investigators but not much, they also left us the electricity bill and water bill... haha gotta love that. But the area is cool! it's also HUGE so we have bikes! It's my first area in my mision entire with bikes. And for one part it´s awesome because we get around a lot faster! And my legs are going to be rock solid by the time i leave here. But we've had a ton of problems with them already, my tire popped so i had to buy a new tire and a new tube, and it's really not that great of a bike either and it's really low to the ground so i hit the concrete a lot. But I guess it's better than walking!! 

This week has been A LOT of contacting and just talking to everyone to try to find people to teach, and we've found some really cool people! We found a señora named Gladyss, who was actually the sister of the initial guy we contacted and she just happened to be there the next time we went. She has been to church a couple times before and is passing through a trial right now with her mom who was just diagnosed with cancer. She is one of the most simple and humble people i have met on my mission and really has a true desire to be a good person and to follow Christ, so we have high hopes for her. 

But this week is going to filled with having follow up appointments for people we contacted this week so we've got a lot of work this week. And that's a good thing:)

So here there are 4 missionaries in our branch  and i have more time than all of them combined, and then doubled... haha. But something i've realized though is that no matter how long i've been in the mission, i keep learning new things. I keep getting put in new situations and learning new things all the time. It doesn't matter if you've been a missionary for 2 weeks, or 20 months or 20 years, i am always learning and being humbled and learning to depend more on the Lord instead of my own knowledge and abilities. There's no such thing as a perfect missionary or a missionary with all the answers, the progressing never stops as long as we put our trust in the Lord and let Him work with us and mold us into the person He wants us to be.

So now it's official, my return date will be the 29th of December, the plane ticket is already bought and everything. So they should be sending me the itinerary in a few weeks so as soon as i have it i will send it to you guys. Kinda crazy thinking i'm entering into my last 10 weeks in the field... 

Well the work is moving along here in Acuña, and hopefully next week i'll have more to tell about the investigators we have found this week. 

Hope you all have a great week!!! Love you all:)

con mucho amor,
Elder Bird

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Conference Time

Hey guys!

Well, we worked really hard this week and found a few new awesome investigators. We basically started from scratch again to look for new investigators and tried to visit every member possible on the members list. So we met a ton of less active members and a lot of the families we found had non members there. We met a really cool guy named Alex through a less active member, he is from here from Piedras but had lived his entire life in Tyler before he was deported a few months ago. He met Claudia, who is a very less active member and they moved in together. She has gone through a really tough couple years, having lost her leg to a bone disease. But they have started a new life here and he is really cool! They told us they were going to come to conference this weekend so we'll keep our fingers crossed!!

This week we also had our interviews with President Rodriguez and it was good to see him again, it's been a little weird going from seeing him everyday in the offices to seeing him so little. But the interview went really well! And he told me that most likely i will leave my area this transfer to go train! So it looks like i will be finishing my mission as a trainer with my 3rd kid. I'm excited though! In a perfect world they would leave me here in Piedras Negras just in a different area or send me back to Saltillo. Pero adonde me mande el señor! 

But i'm really excited to train, new missionaries always have a really strong animo with them and i know it will rub of on me and help me finish my mission strong. Plus i'm excited to only have a companion and an area to worry about, instead of a whole zone. 

Well i know this is a super lame letter, but i don't have much time left. But here are some pictures from the week!

P.S. Be sure to all pay attention to conference!! This is a great opportunity to receive personal revelation! (And win at conference bingo) 

Haha, love you all and hope you guys have a great week!!! :)


con mucho amor,
Elder Pajarito


Hey guys! Well we came in early to get the transfers from the assistants and i am going to be going to... ACUÑA!! Which is even FARTHER away from Saltillo than Piedras Negras, it's about an hour farther up north, and right on the border still. It's the farthest place away in the mission but i'm excited! Really really sad to leave my area actually. i didn't think i would be so sad about it but it was really hard saying goodbye to people yesterday (idk why it surprises me everytime how hard it is to leave an area). But anyways so i leave in about 2 hours to travel 8 hours to saltillo, and then tomorrow i'll be getting my kid and then leaving to travel the 9 hours in bus to Acuñatomorrow night, which will put me there at around 1 in the morning probably.. and i have no idea where the house is or anything about Acuña. Haha, so that should be fun!!!

Well i got to go finish packing guys but i will try to get on later tonight when im in the mission offices, just wanted to let you guys know what was up!!

I love you alll!! Have a great day at school and at work!!! :)