Monday, March 28, 2016

The Missionary Tan

Well obiviously, I will not be taking a picture of my tan. But just to say it, I have white shape of a watch on my wrist as well as a tie shaped tan on my neck! The work is fun!

Picture: Elder Zentz from Odgen UT, had a birthday so we bought pizza no!

Well this week was more fun for the work that is happening here. The mission is working on helping 150 people be baptized this conference week end. 
My companion and I are blessed to help one (for sure) of these people recieve this sacred convenant. We are always grateful when we are able to help someone join the Lord´s fold. 

We were also blessed to have 9 investigators in Sacrament meeting! I have never felt so blessed!And that means that we have a lot of work cut out for us! 

The message for me and for all is that the Lord blesses us when we think about Him. This week for Easter, I have been reading about His life and pondering about the meaning of His life for me.

I testify that He lives. As His servant, I will do as He wants. It´s not easy but in the end will be easiest that we can do!

Love you all!

Elder Alder

Monday, March 21, 2016

Teaching Families

Well three shout outs to start off! One: Happy St. Patties Day, completely forgot about that holiday! (And don´t have anything green) Two: Happy Easter (hash-tag Hallejuah) Three: Shout out to Herriman High choir on their Music Tour to New York! Sing it out and remember for and by who you are singing (That makes more sense in spanish) 

Well this week was quite a miracle! We are finding people that want to listen. But there are not many that want to progress. Progess in this mission is going to church and a desire to be baptized. We are really being blessed with people to teach because 2 months ago we had no one to teach! The Lord certainly is watching out for His missionaries. Especially when they put in the work and pray with faith even if they have nothing! 

We are super stocked for Conference! For us in this mission, conference is a time to be able to listen to the prophets and give a chance to ALL investigators to be baptized. 

In other news, 4 elders in one house is crazy (First time for me in my mission) And I´m still forgeting english! (But we are meeting a lot of old ecuadorians that ALL went to the US during the 70´s or something like that! And they jsut love to talk to me in English!) 

Also had a surprise visit from Presidente Torres in our sacrament meeting! And we were blessed as well with an investigator bringing his wife and daughter to church! (The Lord just blessed us with 2 calls, nada más) There is a lot of good happening when we work and pray with all we have! And put everything in, no matter the situation!

Well the scripture for this week is Mosiah 26:30. Why? becuase we have an excellente investigator that wants to change his life and become a "Soilder for the Lord" but isn´t having a lot of success. The Lord will forgive those who really want to change. We just have to put the coal in the right place and the Lord brings the fire and with time and pressure: Diamond.

Share with everyone! You never know who is looking for the gospel (And a lot of times, they don´t know it either)

Elder Alder

(Picture: Good old times of Risk)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blessings and Work

hola a todos de este mundo!! (o los que leen mis cartas) 

My companion is still telling me that I have to practice english so I don´t forget it! So I am grateful for another oportunity to write in english! It is always funny and great when someone thinks you are Ecuadorian. "You aren´t from Quito?" Hilarous!

Great week! We saw a lot of blessing! Meeting people by asking which type of bread is their favorite or if they have ever been to the US! There is actually a lot of people of Ecuador that live in the US or have family there! 
Also I´m starting to try to teach english to find people and the most effective way to find people is to ask people to bring friends to church!

That seems to be one of the biggest pushes in this mission is get to people to attend church. And sometimes you ask a member to pass by their house, or we pass by there house. But sometimes, you have been calling once a week to one person and the 5th time, it works and he comes to church!! We really are blest when we put all we have into the Lord´s work!

But the challenge is finding people that really do want to change! I imagine that it is so hard to change something that is the tradition of your whole family! First lesson is to share with everyone you meet to find those who are ready and second lesson as members who may have that tradition to pray to know the truth even if you know it´s true, because it is. 

Love you all and hope the best!

Elder Alder

(Picture, Family Home Evening with the Crew)

Monday, March 7, 2016

El señor nos bendice-BOOM Spirit Power

Well now I can add a photo so this is Elsie! She lives in a different ward now so we are not sure how she is doing but I think the nurse sister missionaries are visiting her. What a blessing that was!

Well these past weeks we are seeing a lot of blessings in this sector! We are teaching the father in law of the lady that makes us lunch every week. He has been to church two times and seems to like it! He is hilarous and I love something he said to us one day: "I would just like to be God´s soldier. I would like to give everything or nothing" I meet him about 2 months ago but now, wow, the blessings and changes you see in people is amazing. Also had a wonderful experience with a professional singer. She was a referall of two members in the ward, first lesson with her was really nice, invited her to be baptized, said yes but wanted to practice two religions. Opps, next lesson, we recieve a call from her 2 hours before the cita. "I´m scared, I feel bad, I don´t want to change. Sorry, please don´t visit me again" Ugh, what a feeling of pain. The following day we asked for 10 minutes just to show we meant well and really wanted to keep teaching her (Even had an impression to teach in English, she spent 5 year in New York) And niether my companion or I know what we said but she was SOO happy. "I feel glad when you guys are here" BOOM Spirit power. It´s real!  
We are seeing so many blessings here! Like a member from a ward 20 minutes away bringing his "friend" that lives in our ward! ¡Pilísimo!
Just  goes to show how work and prayer equals blessings!
Only part bad is that transfers in this mission are morning day notice. So the next two days I will be worried to see if I have transfers. I really hope not, because we just might have a baptism the following week! 

Love you all! Keep Holding on! Don´t hold back the truth (Romans 1:16)

Elder Alder

Enjoying some Papaya!