Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey guys!!!

Well, this week i don't have a lot of time to write but we got the transfers and... i'm staying. Haha, which came as no surprise. So here in Acuña is where i will finish my mission. Woohooo! Elder Lopez, who was in the branch, is leaving and Elder Norseth (my future roommate) is coming here to take his spot! So I'm super excited that we will be able to finish our mission together up here. 

Well i really don´t have time to tell you guys about most of what happened this week, but we met a kid this named Marcos this week contacting in the street. He´s 14 but he has already been in jail 2 times and is already super super addicted to a lot of hardcore drugs. As we have talked to him and had some lessons with him it really has just made me one really sad. I thought about Grant and Caden, they´re just about the same age as him but completely different lives. I've kind of felt a stronger determination with him to try to get him to see that the gospel can change his life around, i tell him all the time that he´s way too young to already be into all that stuff and he tells us he wants to change but it´s basically the only way of life he has ever known. Hopefully we will get him into church next sunday but it really has just made me grateful for the gospel. In preach my gospel it describes a lot of the time the purpose of the gospel, apart from making us happier, it tells us it helps us have a successful life. I've just seen the opportunities that being a member of the church gives us and a lot of the time we don´t really take advantage of all of them. 

We keep working with the family Zamaripa that i have been talking about but only 1 of them was able to go to church yesterday, but it's alright. They have accepted a baptismal date for the 21st of December, which would be my last Sunday here in this area, so we are going to work towards that date. 

Well, sorry i´m basically out of time. But i love you guys and have a great week! And have a great Thanksgiving!! Eat lots of honey ham and cream puffed potatoes for me:)

con mucho amor,
Elder Bird

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Few Photos

Mi Hijo and a member in Acuna

They warned me what would happened if I did this!

I almost made it home.
Saved by the water!

Seeing Miracles in the Small Town of Acuna


So I know i've been HORRIBLY slacking at writing you guys the last few weeks, but i've been on a big time crunch and then registering for classes was wayyyyy more stressful and time consuming then i thought it would be. But after much prayer and mexican candy, the task was complete! It really was weird setting everything up for BYU, it kinda makes everything feel more real. But don't worry, i'm not too trunky yet!!  

Well Audrey looked tooo pretty in her baptism pictures! I'm glad everybody was able to come down for it and i'm glad everything was great with that:)

Well this week has been pretty loca. But in a good way! From Tuesday to Friday it was raining pretty hard, so there was a lot of flooding and all of the houses had watter dropping in from the ceilings. So it gave us a lot of opportunities to offer service. But it made riding the bikes a little harder. It's getting kind of frustrating with the bikes because we ALWAYS have problems with them! Whether the tire pops or there is something wrong with the chain, we're thinking about just trying to look for a cheap one here. This guy in a junk yard offered us one for about 350 pesos, or 30 bucks, but it seems kinda sketchy... But nonetheless riding the bike in the giant puddles was tons of fun but we were just soaked for these 3 days straight, luckily we didn't get sick or anything though! There's a little ''river'' here called the rio fifi, and it got flooded pretty hardcore, i wish i could have taken pictures because it looked sweet! 

The work has been awesome in this area! Really this branch has been reaching crazy levels of success, a family of 4 was baptized last week by part of the other missionaries and yesterday in church we had 153 in assistance in sacrament meeting, which is more than double of what it was like 5 months ago. It's really cool to be a part of, we have over 15 investigators progressing right now which is super awesome! We found a GOLDEN family last week, there are 10 in the family but only 8 have been listening to us in all of the lessons, most of them have accepted already the baptism invitation, and they are coming to church with us this sunday! We're SUPER excited about them! We had 7 investigators in church yesterday apart from them as well, Eduardo (the mechanic i mentioned a few weeks ago) has completely dropped smoking and drinking and brought his entire family to church yesterday. We had a really really spiritual lesson with him last week when we commited him to drop drinking and smoking, and he has been progressing a ton. We are still hoping for his baptism the last sunday of the transfer, the 23rd, so we'll hope everything goes well!! Yesterday was also the primary program here, and their cd player broke last minute so they asked me and my companion to help with the piano music. the program itself was really powerful and the spirit was definitely there, and i don't think my piano playing took away TOO much from the spirit... haha but i think we did a pretty good job. One of the songs I was asked to play was 'Baptism', which i have NEVER been able to play before! And i totally got it down with the little time we had to practice before the program, but then as soon as they started singing they sang it like 12 times faster than what i had been practicing, so i was kinda bummed becuase it didn't turn out as good as i had practiced it! Haha, but it was really cool nonethless. The boys in all the primary sang the ''We are as the army of Helaman" song with their dads and i don't know why but everytime i hear that song the spirit touches me really strong, so i had to play it off cool and pretend i wasn't crying and just make it look like i was cutting onions or something... didn't really work too well. But I really love the area here and we are seeing miracles left and right here in the small town of Acuña.

The cool thing about being on the border towns is that there is a ton of people that speak english, and most of them speak it pretty well. But there's this one guy we somehow end up passing 3 or 4 times a week who always yells to us in what he thinks is english, but really it just sounds like he's casting a spell on us. It's just great because he talks to us with so much confidence and then looks at us with a face of ''why aren't you understanding me?'' Haha but i'm sure that's how a lot of people feel here when i talked in spanish. Me and my companion have started this thing of translating english songs straight into spanish when we´re walking in the street. Haha, it sounds lame but it´s hilarious for some of the songs, but yeah needless to say we´ve gotten some pretty funny looks, but it definitely makes things more interesting.

Well the work here is progressing bastante and i'm really excited to give it my all these last month or so. I'm really grateful for this time i have and i hope to make my heavenly father proud.

I love you all and i hope you have a great week!!!:)

con mucho amor,
Elder Bird