Monday, July 24, 2017

80th Week Out, Week 16 Puerto Iguazu "WEW...I'm being transferred and becoming ZL1!"

Hello! This is the week of transfers.
I will be going to a place called Garupa! I've been there before!
I was there a lot doing divisions with the zone leaders. But I guess
it's my turn now to be the zone leader as I will be moved up to ZL1!
They aren't even going to train me. I'm going to be straight up the
senior companion zone leader with a missionary that has only 4 or 5
months. My zone is also the 2nd largest in my mission. But everything's
fine, tranquilo! I'm probably going to end the mission in this setting.
So YEA MAN! I'm just going to go to work, and finish strong! I can also 
visit my first area and my first baptisms!

But to end my email I would just like to talk about an experience.
Over my mission I have noticed that I think more and speak less.
I think the longest parts of my mission are the hours and hours
spent waiting to board and to arrive in the large 2 story omnibuses
of South America! I decided one day that I wasn't going to be tempted
by the entertainment of the television screens but I meditated with 
Heavenly Father for as long as the trip would go. I think it was that
day that I really started thinking. I started my prayer and it was like
I had openned the fridge for the 5th time looking for some kind of food
that maybe I had missed again! My brain was as if it were, stuck on
windows 98 still! A barren wasteland it was. But I walked around it however.
Long-story short, I reached a new platform in my mind. It wasn't just a
calculator, or a memory card. But a stage, and a theater. A refuge, and
a classroom. A holy place, and a battle ground. I flew through dimensions
even as Doctor Strange! (yes I saw it in an omnibus, I'm a sinner)

May sound a little cheesy, until you experience it yourself.


What is the gift of knowledge?

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
I am the first Elder apparently in a long time to establish a relationship
with the Branch President here. He teared up my last day in his house. It was
over a small tie that he told me he liked a while back, and I gave it to him.

Monday, July 17, 2017

79th Week Out, Week 15 Puerto Iguazu "One time I thought..."

I love to exist.

What a priviledge it is to BE. To ACT and not be ACTED UPON. You can have REAL ZEAL to LIVE. To do things, to go higher, to be better. When you find out that you were alive before you were alive, and you're told that you were ordained to do great things... What is it that you need to know from that. Why does the Lord allow us to know these things? Why? :)

Someone once told me "Death exists not, for those who believe in Jesus Christ"

Impressions of Iguazù:
-I've noticed that mental and physical liveliness is healthy

Monday, July 10, 2017

78th Week Out, Week 14 Puerto Iguazu "O Meu Goodness!"

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The world goes round even when you're not there. Do we have flying cars yet? Robot butlers? Has chocolate milk made it on tap yet? What's happening on the front page of society? What are the cameras aiming at?

What's college like? What's my eternal companion doing? What kind of car will I drive? What's my next calling? Who are my children? How many will I have? Who are my ancestors that I am so blessed by?

What's going to happen in 20 years? Can I watch Chitty-Chitty-bang-bang on Netflix now? Have they brought back the Jetsons on television? What's it like to live on top of a super tall building looking over a huge city evey morning?

I know what this is. Endure to the end. It's fun.

Something that has helped me a lot this week is this phrase "Let the peaceful, happy moments roll!" 

Worry not: D&C 43:34-35

34 Hearken ye to these words. Behold, am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.
35 Be soberKeep all my commandments. Even so. Amen.













Monday, July 3, 2017

76-77th Week Out, Week 12-13 Puerto Iguazu "If you want to view paradise, take a look around and view it."

FREAKIN HELLO!

I am doing great! I love the mission! Still here in Iguazu! I can't wait for my next area because it shall be my last as I have 3 transfers left. I'm pretty sure I'll either stay here and finish training Elder Santos or I will recieve another Greenie.

I would just like to bare a testimony: 

I love this church.
I know it's the true church. 
It's so real to me. 
I am so grateful for my membership to it. 
I want to serve in it the rest of my life. 
And I love Jesus Christ. 
I love repentance. 
I love life, because it gives me knowledge, it gives me second chances. 
God is a Holy, Righteous man who desires only that we are happy, and safe, and with Him. 
I marvel every single day at the mercy he contstantly holds out to me. 
I watch His hand go before my face and touch people. 
Like Jesus Christ touched the rocks in front of the Brother of Jared and the lit up.
What a priviledge it is to live this life.

God is a wonderful person.

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
-There is a place here called 3 Fronteras! THERE IS A HOLOGRAPHIC LIGHT SHOW THERE! IT WAS SO COOL!

Monday, June 19, 2017

75th Week Out, Week 11 Puerto Iguazu "Training once again!"

Hey, I'm alive! Yea man! Training once again! Elder Santos, Recife Brazil, 19 years old, 6 days on the mission. I love my new companion! He's super funny and ready to work! Very neat to watch him testify. He knows how to teach with the spirit. Reminds me of my first days.

But yea man. I'm not in auto-pilot, and I am taking a view of my huge strides that I haven't noticed before. I really like to study the scriptures. I have a Spanish seminary book for the Book of Mormon. Absolutely delicious indeed. I think I've opened to the middle of the book a few times just to look at cool stuff! I've received a lot of impressions about the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. It's really simple for those who have not yet been baptized and they seek to find the doctrine. And something spectacularly greater for those who are baptized by the authority of God and want to follow and understand the doctrine.

I actually didn't like to read the parts of the Book of Mormon where there were battles and stuff that only talked about that. I loved to read only the sermons and messages filled with information about the eternities and the path way too it. But I actually wasn't paying enough attention. For example in 3 Nefi 4 its FREAKIN SICK! They wreck the crap out of the Gaddianton Robbers. And then they praise God! The verses that hit me the most were these.

And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did liftheir cries to the Lord theiGod, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.
And it came to pass that whethe armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen witfear because of the terror otheir armies.
10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephitedid not fear thembut they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protectiontherefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them thewere prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.
YEA MAN! So that. And I have also been having a lot of success here in Iguazu. Not really baptism wise but in many other ways. I may have a family baptized here though in a few weeks.  I'll share her story some other day for I am out of time.

Love Elder Horton!

Impressions from Puerto Iguazu:
- I think I've mastered a pancake mix, and a buttermilk syrup. #Iamlearned

Monday, June 12, 2017

74th Week Out, Week 10 Puerto Iguazu " I love to be a Missionary!"

My last day with Elder Hawkins!

I will be training ONCE AGAIN. I believe I will have a Brazilian companion. (going to speak some real portuguese!) (help me Brennen!) But yea! I am coming around the 18 month mark now! All of the sisters in my MTC district are finishing their missions this transfer! Well the transfer ended yesterday, so they are pretty much done this week. ITS SO CRAZY! I LOVE IT!

But yea, a thought for now:
If you had faith that........... you would.............!

-If you had faith that the Word of Wisdom really did give blessings of longer life and protection and positive living you would probably follow that commandment a little better!

-If you had faith that we actually have a prophet of God on the earth right now you would listen to his words more intently and take them more preciously!

-If you had faith that the Book of Mormon really is written by other prophets of God you would do the same as you would for the point above this one!

-If you had faith that your Patriarchal Blessing literally contains the words of the Lord to you, you probably would use it every single day, and study it thoroughly, a lot!

-Etc..

(-if you HAVE faith that......... you WILL..............!)

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
I've learned that a lot of the languages down here are controlled by your nose. If you can master the nose sounds, you can master any language over here.

Monday, June 5, 2017

73rd Week Out, Week 9 Puerto Iguazu " I'm only 19! Well..That's good enough!"

Hi! I'd just like to share a thought I've had in my personal study.

I have found it necessary to write down my personal revelations. I had an impression that it shows respect to He who gives it. Even down to the very neatness of what you write down shows respect and opens the door to receive more. You may even notice that the revelation turns out more developed than you thought after writing it down. I started to take advantage of this because I now carry a little book around with me as much as I can. Whenever I have a moment I write down what someone said to me, or what impression I received. My experience with that has shown me that our Heavenly Father is ready at all times to give. If you want to receive, you just have to be ready to receive and IT WILL COME. I know with all my heart that the church I represent is the only true church that is on the earth. And God is ANXIOUSLY waiting for his children to come into his Holy Houses and be His pupils. I miss the temple... Ha!

I had a fantastic week! Que tengan ustedes una semana mejor!!

Impressions of Port Iguazu:
-I love to eat cream cheese and dulce de leche with a sesame seed cracker....!

Monday, May 29, 2017

70-72nd Week Out, Week 8 Puerto Iguazu "Volleyball"

Played volleyball today!!!!!! I love volley!
So I'm still in Iguazu. Everything is hard work! Everything is great!
One thing I would like to share: I don't think I shared this, but when I was back in Montecarlo training Elder Ayala something interesting happened. When we were teaching a lesson one night to a family that had not been receiving the gospel fully in their ears yet. My companion felt it necessary at that time to STAND UP and testify literally to their souls about the truthfulness of our message. It was so cool! It was a prophecy being fulfilled. So yea, if I didn't tell anyone.

I love being a missionary! Have a great week everyone.

Monday, May 1, 2017

69th Week Out, Week 5 Puerto Iguazu "Teaching English"

Hey! I just want to say hi! I'm doing great! Teaching English for 2 years in Argentina and Paraguay! Haaaaa!

Have a great week everyone!

Impressions of Puerto Iguazú:
If you teach English, for free, you get free investigators.​





Monday, April 24, 2017

67-68th Week Out, Week 3-4 Puerto Iguazu "OH THE POWER OF LEMON BARS"

Hey!

I'm doing great!

My area is neat!

I think the only thing I struggle with is getting people to come to church. I can get them all excited about the Restoration and plenty of other things. But I can't get them to come to church. I've tried everything even to bribing them with sugary desserts... :D

But yea, that's a challenge!

I am teaching my neighbors once again :)
That's a story actually! It's a family of 4. 2 little girls. One of the little girls is 11ish years old or around there. I noticed that she is really interested in what the jeebers we do in this really fancy clothing! We gave her a little card, and then I believe that's where it all started. She actually took that card and gave it to one of her friends! She then told us about it with much excitement another day! (her family is catholic). One day we decide to make the famous lemon bars and bring them over to the Sister missionaries after a hard day, and we find that the aunt of this little girl (ok the little girl is named Lara) Lara was THERE! Her aunt's house is right across the street from the Sisters apartment! And I invited her to try the lemon bars and grab a plate to share it with her family inside! OH THE POWER OF LEMON BARS! She comes back with nothing. They ate like half the batch in 2 minutes... It was a party too that they were having at her aunt's house! A few people would walk out to leave every few minutes and tell us how delicious it was! :)  And Lara was very happy about it! Then the very next day I believe it was, we find her walking out of her grandma's house!! And she jumps right on over to shake my hand and ask me how I'M doing! And we walked with her and her mom back to our apartments because it was the end of the day. I talked with the Mom the whole way and fixed up a social status there so we could try and teach them when we got back! AND OH MY GOODNESS! So I'm just thinking there as we go What a bright little girl! She is just screaming at us with her spirit saying HEY! I WANT MY FAMILY IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD! That was confirmed as we got close to our door! She RAN over and said WAIT WAIT! You guys always go in there and don't come back out! I've been wanting to sit down with you guys and drink Tererè outside! (tererè is just an herb drink that everyone drinks here, and when you drink it with someone its a symbol of friendship! Like you are now accepted into their house whenever! Ha!) So she said that and then said CAN I SHOW YOU MY BIBLE BOOK! (she had a picture book of the bible!) And I was like UM YES! And she wips out some seats for us really fast and says SIT HERE! And I'm just thinking over and over, SHE IS DOING THE MISSIONARY WORK for her very own family!

Bueno, long story short, that little girl may be the reason why her whole family gets brought into the truth! Tonight we will teach them the restoration!

OH MY GOODNESS! She wanted to give me a hug after we were done that night, which was last night!? I DIED INSIDE WHEN I SAID NO BECAUSE: IM A FLIPPING MISSIONARY! 

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH

My soul made that sound last night, but tomorrow I will do my best to help this great child of God trying to get her family into the light!

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
When you invite someone to come to church and they get super excited about it but then they say, "I'll ask my Pastor if I can go visit your church" ........................................    ;) no

Monday, April 3, 2017

66th Week Out, Week 2 Puerto Iguazu "I love the Gospel"

OK I just want to go super easter right now and tell everyone to watch this video again because it makes me die everysingle day: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-03-007-his-sacred-name-an-easter-declaration?lang=eng

I really just love it. President Monson is the very representative of Jesus Christ on the earth! It's such a HEAVY concept! In the video, when he breaks his voice a bit before saying "As one of His special witnesses today.." I feel so strongly the testimony he gives of the literality of the Resurrection! HE'S SO MODEST SAYING THAT TOO! When we were in the presence of God and he was selecting the Savior of the world, what happened after? Did it just start? Or was there more planning? Did some planning happen before? YES, the spirits were chosen and elected to be in the House of Israel! To come and be representatives of the Son of God! And Thomas S. Monson is one of the elected members in that council that we had in Heaven before the world was.

OH MY GOODNESS! If you just sit down and think for a bit. There is no way that you can't FEEL THE DEEPNESS AND THE AWESOME REALITY of what is really going on here. We are children of A GOD! A man who achieved exaltation. Who now does what His Father does. And we are learning how to be like God! "To live where God lives, you must be like God."

And THEN THERES A BEAUTIFUL COLOR TWIST WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INDIVIDUALITY! The fact that EVERYONE is unique! I ALWAYS COME BACK to that one question: What is your favorite color? DID YOU KNOW THAT THAT IS A SUPER COMPLEX QUESTION!? That actually has to do with your pre-mortal life when you started making decisions! God made you for no small reason!

Let's say you plant an orange tree you expect it to have fruit when it grows up right? You can do absolutely nothing to make that tree grow more fruit. You can only support it. And the tree itself has to make the fruits. ITS SO COOL! Even typing this out right now I just realized I'm about to call upon a parable that has already been written! Jacob 5! IT'S JUST SO CORRECT! It's like mirroring exactly how God works!

Ok I'm just going crazy, I just want everyone to realize that YOU ARE A FLIPPING GLORIOUS TREE! AND YOU HAVE AN EXPERT GARDENER who is expecting MANY fruits out of you! And he will NEVER give up! He will never get tired. We may get tired, and we may give up, and we may believe that the gardener hath forgotten us. But He will show you He hath not! He will make you into the most beautiful, fruit-full, colorful tree you never thought possible.

OH IT SO GREAT! I love the Gospel. I love the Olive tree parable. What a pleasure it is to be in the last days. :)

I can't send pics... Internet is too slow..... ;((((((((((((((((((

Impressions of Puerto Iguazú:
I GOT TO SEND A MISSIONARY HOME! It was SO FUN! WE PLAYED UNO LIKE 1000 TIMES! I got to see the huge airport in Iguazú (it's actually really small compared to everywhere but I don't care!) HERMANA RUBILAR! She went home to Chile! Gonna miss her! TRUNKY I AM! No.. :) 7 months left. WOOOOOOOOOOO!

Monday, March 27, 2017

65th Week Out, Week 1 Puerto Iguazu "Transferred and New Companion"

What's up guys!?

So I am not in Monte Carlo anymore! I got moved to the most tourist attractive place in all my mission! I am in Puerto Iguazu! And that is literally right next to the massive Iguazu falls. THERE ARE SO MANY VISITORS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES! I just spoke with a girl from Australia! She didn't even speak Castellano! I actually didn't even understand her that well! It got me very anxious because I couldn't understand my native language! HA!

But yea, the area I have is HUGE! In fact we have another companionship of sister missionaries working in this city. I don't get to work in the city... I have to work in the outer parts.. I never get to see any tourists! Ha! My craving for English if you haven't noticed.. :)

ALRIGHT! Let's talk about my companion: He is Elder Hawkins from Texas. And that's all I know about him! He has 3 months out here on the mission and has still not finished his training.. Why? He is suffering the new missionary sickness and it went to his head. The poor guy thinks he has emotional problems. He wants to go see a Psychiatrist... He had been calling the Assistants and the Zone Leaders all throughout the first 3 months of his mission. He wants to go home...

Why am I here? Well, if I didn't talk about it last time; President had asked me if he could put me in a leadership position. I thought that meant zone leader, but no. That meant District Leader/Trainer/Psychiatrist.

But I will make it known: He now does not want to see a Psychiatrist, nor does he want to go home.

What did I do? Nothing.

I only told him about Long-Suffering. And he took it all the way.

It's pretty neat to see him leave this depression, but I am totally carrying this companionship on my back... He doesn't participate in lessons, nothing... I need him to stop crying, and man up. There are people here I want to see, and people I need to teach. And I can't do it because I got Mr Negative over here! EVEN to his very voice he just talks with a very low and without any expression tone. I can't even hear him most of the time and he starts to think I'm ignoring him! So I have to ask him to repeat what he says!

Right. I just wanted to let that out. But I've been going into phase 2 now. I am increasing my Charity levels. I have actually learned quite a bit about how to love someone. How to care, and how to carry a struggling soul. This Elder Hawkins is very naive. It's hard for me sometimes to live with him. He doesn't know what to do with himself, he just sits there or follows me like a dog. AND SAYS NOTHING! Everyday, even in the residence! I try to talk to him and he gives me short, dead-end responses. He just watches me. But I am obviously just needing a little more patience. And That's what I've been learning this week. Charity. Because I have a lack of Charity, and that's what I hope to improve on this transfer.

I'm still excited, and enthusiastic and alive and well!

STILL LOVE THE MISSION! LOVE EVERY DAY! I love egg sandwiches :)

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
I came here with a super attitude of happiness! And so my first day I was saying hi to everyone. And now I get a bunch of warm hello's in the morning! My landlords love me! It's fun!