Thursday, June 16, 2016
Well first I want to thank you for writing me every week. This week I realized why Elder Jimenez gets done writing so fast, I looked over when he opened his email and saw that he only had 4 letters, 2 from president, 1 from the church telling him how much money he has in his card, and 1 letter with just one paragraph from his mom. Its a little sad... Thanks for writing so much and always supporting me! Love you lots!
The pictures of the house look great! You still havent answered me! What is in the basement?! Send me the plans again! How much time do they say until its finished?
This week we didnt baptise but we're hoping soon. Daniela would have been ready for this sunday but she didnt go to church this week, she went last week and was really excited to be baptised this month but shes really inconsistant and we want her to take it seriously and make church attendance a habit. She doesnt even have good excuses. Jose is still in Los Cabos, Baja California...ugh. He's still progressing though, he reads the book of mormon and even listens to conference talks at work, he talks with his aunt, the Bishops wife, every night on the phone and tells her about it (they're really close shes really good with him). Luis Fernando is going to 100% ready for his baptism the 26th, he could actually be baptised the 19th but we dont want to rush things or pressure him. Its been really great to see his family (his wifes family=inactives) progress, his wife Magali, and her parents Rene and Rosa (yep Rene is a mans name here) have all started to go to church again and her sister Avigal is going to this week and invited her boyfriend Eric. Rosa is already endowed but we are working so Rene can prepare for his endowment and then be sealed in the temple. Magali and Luis Fernando are really excited for the day they can go to the temple and be sealed with their 3 month old Nahomi. Its really awesome to teach them because you can really see that that is what they want and its their goal. Elisabeth isnt really progressing that much right now which stinks.
I know school is expensive. I've been thinking about what you said, Mom, last week and you're right. I really dont spend my money on whatever but I can be better and I need to be better. I'm going to work on it. I think I will want some money at the end of the mission to buy a couple things but for now I should buy as little as possible and look for ways to save money. I know that God blesses us for our obedience and our efforts and especially for the mission so if I want help after the mission I need to work hard now to make good habits and get used to living with a little. I think when I get back I'll probably work with Dad and see if I could find something little after...maybe...like Kelsers or something a few nights so that I can save up as much as possible. I'll be bored at home anyways and itll only be a few months. DON'T SAY I ONLY HAVE 6 MONTHS!!! Because I have like 8 left...almost 9. Time has gone really fast.
Today we went to "La Villa" (the basilica and all the catholic stuff) I'll send you the pictures it was actually fun and beautiful. I think all of the catholic money in Mexico goes to La Villa because the rest of the churches look a little run down but La Villa was nice.
Que mas....thanks for the advice Dad. and Mom for your great example ...Also if you could check/think if you could find something that would be typical Idaho. Or maybe like a cool t-shirt or something? and let me know what you think of haha.
Well everythings great. Thanks for everything! Love you!
who knows what has happened with your email but this is the third time right? Everything went well this week. Karla was baptised saturday and confirmed sunday. It was great but Ill have to send you the pictures next week because I still dont have them. Elisabeth didnt go to church again because she was sick but Daniela went and she said that shes going to do everything possible to be baptised this month so we put her date for the 19th, Luis Fernando has his for the 26th and Jose when he gets back...(still waiting). WHo knows what happened with the Tovar Family, they cancelled every appointment we had last week and didnt go to church, we're going to look for them later today. Gaby and Pedro are progressing little by little we talked with them about sacrifice and that its important to go to church and keep the sabath day holy. I think they understood so we'll see how that goes. We're really happy with how Antonia (Karla's mom who is reactivating) and Neyla (recent convert who wasnt taught very well and doesnt understand anything) are progressing too. They have changed a lot and have gone to church every week.
I know I need to be frugal thanks for reminding me.
THe pictures of the house look cool! whats going in the basement? How long until its finished?
Jace got a frig? thats kinda wierd but cool I guess. Sorry I forgot last week but HAAPPPYYYY BIRTHDAY JACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¡¡¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!! 15 right? Super crazy! I cant believe how big everyone is and its going to be crazier when I actually see them. Whats Neymar? and who is Eileen?
Holly wrote me and said that she has her call to Dallas Texas. I guess theres a lot in Texas from Blackfoot Holly, Cooper, Benji Bigler, Emily Jensen, and I think theres more..?
Thats good that you have a lot of work dad and that Anna is going to start working. Will you hire me when I get back? What advice can you give me about leadership. The first few weeks of being district leader were hard because I didnt know what I was doing and I was nervous about the classes but then after that it was great but now after almost 8 months of being district leader its hard again. My district is hard and I dont know how to help them, Ive fasted and prayed and I remembered the best leader example that I have my Dad. They struggle a lot and dont really pay attention ever, like they all know what to do and dont need the class, sometimes I feel like they dont like me very much which isnt that important but it makes me feel bad and not like them that much either and if I dont love my district I cant help them.
Thanks for everything and love you lots!
Karla is going to be baptised on saturday and Jose when he gets back from Baja California (who knows). Daniela still hasnt been baptised but we hope soon, the Tovar Family (Karen, Hanibal, and Andrea) should be for the 26th, Elisabeth the 25th, and Luis Fernando the 19th. We'll see you else. We had a cool experience with Elisabeth. Shes a funny lady. Imagine a big fat black lady who sells jello in the street only mexican, she has an 8 year old daughter and her husband is really old like 60 (oh and I forgot to say shes 28), shes like a normal lady from downtown Mexico City, swears a ton and even has a bullet hole in her foot that she said shes going to show us someday to prove how much her life has changed and how happy she is selling jello, shes hilarious. Anyways last week when I was in splits with Elder Hansen (San Fransisco CA/St. George UT) we went to visit her (infront of a hospital where she sells jello from 3-8) we have been visiting her a while and the missionaries before had found her but she'd never progressed much. We were talking to her and she said that she loves everything the church teaches and wants to get baptised its just hard for her to go to church and she doesnt want to leave her party life (she likes to drink on the weekends). We asked her if she believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet, She kindof studdered around and finally said that no she wasnt sure. So we invited her to read Joseph Smith's testimony in front of the Book of Mormon and pray about it (shes had all the lessons and read several chpts in the BoM) she said she would and we left. Then we didnt find her for a few days but didnt think much about it until we found her on Tuesday in font of the the phone company (shes there from 10 to 1) She told us that over the weekend she had had a lot of problems in her family and she was feeling really depressed she even thought about killing herself, but then she saw the book of Mormon on her nightstand and remembered the homework we'd given her and read it, she said after reading it she felt peace and she knew it was true. She still has problems and for that reason she still didnt go to church yesterday but she comitted to change and I saw it in her eyes. Shes a crazy lady but her life is about to change and I know shes going to do it. Its a testimony that God loves all of his children, lots of churches her teach that He only loves those that are obedient or those who are members of his church but I know that he loves all of them, individually. And he's always there to help us and he will bless us when he sees our effort. I love the mission and the people here. I honestly love Mexico and I dont even understand why.
The lady from 4th ward reminds me of a lady I met here, she was one of the most faithful members I have met. The pictures of the house look good! Im excited to see more! My companion is good we get along good too, hes normal haha. Not super great but not super bad haha. Im getting used to the ward and I like it, theres a few families that are really great but the rest are cold, prideful, and unfriendly...we'll see what we can do to change that. Things are going good.
Im not sure what else to say but thanks for everything! I love you lots. I dont know where I would be without parents like you! Mis papas son los mejores del mundo. Les amo!
Gracias y que tengan una bonita semana!