Well, I am really tempted to write
you a three word letter that says, "See you Wednesday!" but I am
going try hard to think of something else to say. This week was awesome! We had
Mitzi`s baptism on Friday night. Thespacebarinthisplacedoesn`tworkverywell. It
was a really good baptismal service.Her family came andalso her boyfriend`s
family who are all members. I baptized Mitzi and even thoughit was my last week
in the mission whenI got into the font and started to say the prayer my mind
blanked. I had to think for a little bit. Haha. She bore her testimony
afterwards and itwas reallystrong. Her familyis also progressing really well
including one of her sisters thatwas a bit reluctant at first. I am sure her
sister will be baptizedthis month. Yesterday, I had my exit interview with
PresidentValadez. It was a bit sooner than I expected but I am glad because it
helped me a ton. I feel really relaxed and excited right now. I can`t wait to
start my new life and keep learning and growing. I am so grateful for being to
serve a mission. Thanks for sopporting me and helping me for all of this time.
I feel like Heavenly Father just decided to take me and shape me more into the
person that He knew I could be. I am thankful to Himforthat. I love the Savior
and all that He has taught me in these two years and the people that I have
taught.I know that He gives light to all things. So I hope youare all readyfor
me to get back. Tomorrow Iwill goto the mission home and eat with Presidente
Valadez. I think that I will haveto be at the airport at 5 on Wednesday. I love youa ton and I can`t wait to
I have learned that I am not capable of watching Mormon Messages and
writing a letter to you at the same time. Oprah calls that multi-tasking. That´s
one thing that I haven´t learned on my mission. So it was another awesome week!
We are taking half of our P-day today and another half tomorrow due to a
Leadership Council that we are going to have tomorrow.
Elder Shirley and I are doing great. I watched him chase a nonexistant
Chihuahua around the house at about 1 in the morning last night. Haha. Poor guy
never sleeps good. It has been awesome having him as a last companion.
Definitely a tender mercy of the Lord. And the good news is that I have
converted him into a mamey smoothie addict also.
We taught 23 lessons this week. It´s not as much as we would have liked but
we had a few extra things that we had to do too. I went to Chinampas with Elder
Beal once again to interview some people. He´s from my generation but won´t be
flying home with us because his parents are flying in on Wednesday. I will be
flying to L.A. with Elder Reid and Elder Herman though. We also gave a special
training to a district in our zone that is struggling with la Obra de la
Salvación. Most of them only teach about 12 lessons per week. So we set goals
with them to increase the amount they teach every week and to also uplift and
strengthen the members more. I love teaching a lot because we are not walking in
the street all day, we get better at teaching, we find new people to teach, and
we can strengthen whoever is in front of us.
Mitzy is going great. She is going to be baptized this Friday and she
already asked me to perform the ordinance. I am so glad that I could see her be
baptized before I go. Her whole family went to church this week and are
progressing really well. Secretly, Elder Shirley and I have our own theme music
for Mitzy. Haha.
Last night, our bishop invited his friend Monica and her kid, Gabriel over
so we could meet them and teach them. Gabriel is a nine year old genius and
Monica is really interested in the Restoration. So the area is running like a
well oiled machine.
I love being a missionary and I love teaching. It´s so much fun. Tell the
Bishop that I´ll do whatever he asks me when I get back! I´m still not the
greatest teacher but I´m better than I was.
I have a ton that I have to do this week. Teach 30 lessons, have a baptism,
a Leadership Council, interview some more people, and find new people to teach.
It will be awesome. Churubusco has easily been one of my favorite wards. So
that´s about all she wrote. I love you a ton! I´ll write again on Monday next
That means Hubbards in Spanish. How was your week?
It sounds like Mom and Dad are having fun in the land of the pápas. I can´t
believe you met Spencer Call! I let him live with us when he was homeless for a
few months. Haha. Happy Birthday this week to Don Marcos!
We had a
good week here in Churubusco. It seemed like it was a water park with all of the
rain, but it was fun. We taught 25 lessons this week and now we want to go for
30. Teaching a lot is so much fun.
This week Stefano was baptized! It
was a good day. The baptismal service was probably the simplest one that I have
ever seen. Stefano was born in Chicago so we baptized a fellow American. This
week we are going to work on getting him prepared to recieve the Aaronic
We taught the Ramirez Flores family this week about the law of the fast and
the mom did it this weekend. She loved it and recieved a huge testimony of it.
As a result, we are now teaching their daughter, who didn´t want to listen to us
Things are also going well with Mitzy. Elder Jeffery R. Holland did us a
favor this week, and visited Mexico City. Mitzy went with the YSA and she loved
it. Obviously. We are now teaching Mitzy´s mom and sisters and they went to
church on Sunday. So we have a lot of work in Churubusco.
This week I
woke up in the middle of the night and heard that Elder Shirley was making a lot
of noise. I looked down at him and all of the sudden he rolled over and fell
right off the bed onto the floor. Hahaha. Poor kid. He was alright though.
Next Tuesday I am going to go to try to find some souvenirs for all of
you. I´ll see if I can find something but it´s not going to be as cool as the
scripture case that Aaron got us. Ni modo.
I love you all a ton! It
feels good to be an elder. (Oh, and somebody yelled nefitas at my companion and
I this week on the subway.) Have a good week!
Thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes! I feel loved.
Shirley and I had another great week. The Zone Conference might have been the
best one that I have had in my whole mission. President Valadez talked about how
to study the scriptures so we can teach them. He taught us how to study
doctrine, principles, and how to apply them. I love it.
Elder Shirley and I have a great work system right now in our area. We are
teaching a lot of lessons with members present at the church. Stefano is going
good for his baptism this Saturday. Mitzy is also going well for her baptism on
June 1st. The Ramirez Flores family went to a baptismal service Sunday night and
when they walked out they looked like they had just gotten their minds blown.
Brother Ramirez said that it felt like someone was hugging him during all of the
service and he took that as his answer. They are all ready for baptism. They
just need to get divorced and married first. I am really banking on the Mexican
government pulling through for us.
I renewed my temple recommend this week! I love having those
The rainy season is starting once again, so we are no longer dying from the
scorching sun as much. We had a total of four birthday cakes in two days.
Impressive. Sister Mares and her family gave us three and Laura and Michel gave
us one. Haha.
There`s a whole bunch of other stuff that happened this week and I wrote
all in my journal so I can tell you when I get home. I love you and thanks for
It was so good to talk to you yesterday! I am glad that Travis
could be there too to say hi. I´m writing today because tomorrow we are going to
have our Zone Conference. President Valadez has to show a future mission
president an example of a zone conference and we won the lottery pick.
We had such a good week in our area. President Valadez has invited us to
teach thirty lessons every week. This week we acomplished 22. Elder Shirley is a
beast and has helped me a lot. As part of teaching, we have taught a lot of
active members. Week after week. We also always ask them if they know anyone
that could be interested in our message. We are starting to see a lot of
We met a new investigator this week named Mitzy. She is 21 and her
boyfriend is a member of the church. We taught her for the first time Saturday
night in the church. It was so sweet! We gave her a tour and then we taught her
the Restoration in the chapel. We invited her to pray about it as Elder Shirley
played some hymns on the piano. Afterwards she said that she felt an
unexplainable feeling and she accepted a baptitsmal date.
We also had a sweet lesson with the Ramirez Flores family. It was the first
time that we taught them in about two months and they are on fire like in NBA
Jam on the Super Nintendo. We explained to them why they needed to be baptized
in the right way, they went to church yesterday, and I did a little fist pump in
the pew. I am committed to do everything I can to help them be baptized before I
The other miracle that we had was Jazmín. She is an inactive member that
wants to come back to church out of nowhere. She brought her son Estefeno also
to church yesterday and he is a great kid. 12 years old. We are going to start
teaching them tomorrow.
Happy Mother´s Day mom! I love you a ton. And Happy Birthday Jeff. Someday
I will meet you. Haha. Have a great week. I love you all. I´ll write on Tuesday