[Mother's note: all spelling is his. Also, the pictures he talks about at the end were never sent. So just pretend you're looking at what he is describing]
Thank you for those pictures!
This was the last week
of transfers and so there was a lot of saying goodbyes to the members,
investigetors, otro misioneros, and not to mention we still work a full
week. With such a busy week it went by really fast. The news about
transfers is that Elder Pena is leaving for some other place in Tijuana
and i am staying. I am going to pick my companion up at the Center de
Transportation at 11:15. Its been a great transfer and we have worked
Ok so early this week we had an ant infestation! It
was rediculous how fast these ants find food. What happened is i was at
my desk when i saw a cockroach moving accross the ground and so i steped
on it and sweeped it aside towards the trash can to get rid of it when i
am done studying. Like 10 mins later i look back and see that there are
hundreds of ants in like a 2 foot circle of where the dead cockroach
was and the cockroach was completely covered. So me and my companion
sprayed down some axe deoderant spray and light the floor on fire to
kill the ants. Dont worry it wasnt a big fire or anything and there was
nothing around us that would catch on fire, so i would say we were being
Basically this week was spent running from appointment to
appointment with not much time to spare, it was a good week in terms of
teaching and everthing and it ended pretty sweet too! We had 4 baptism
this sunday! Rosalva, who has been listing to us elders for about 4
months, got baptised before the church survice. She is the tallest of
the 3 woman to get baptized, the one whos not in the photo with the rest
of the 3. To prepare and do everything for her baptism was crazy, me
and my comp were running around like crazy because we had to do it
before our church service while the other ward was having their classes.
Not to mention Rosalva and her family showed up a little late too haha
but all in all it all turn out pretty good.
Then after our church survices we had 3 more baptisms, that was a
lot less stressfull because we actually felt like we had time to think
set it up without rushing. Those other 3 who got baptised are Tatiana,
Oswaldo, and Jocelyn. Tatiana is the short Puerto Rican with the curly
hair. Jocelyn is the woman in the dress. And well Oswaldo is the
guy...of course :) I had the oportunity of baptizing them!
The other foto is of us with our ward mission leader. He is pretty
awesome, and he knows a ton about the scriptures. Hes also the guy that
gives the classes ever sunday those investigators and recent converts.
The other pic that i am sending is those of us playing football in the rain for pday activity.
Its really cool hearing all about those in Minnesota!
So this week
went by really fast! Losts of important appointments and lots of
missionary meetings and stuff, so i got to see those thoer missionaries
in the zone a whole lot.
First off, my mission president with the stake pres. held a meeting
with us missionaries in the zone and with our ward bishops and their
counsalors. He talked about how the missionaries and the wards could
work better together. They talked about how it is very important that
the membors help with references and how it is actually a responsibility
of the ward members to help find people for the missionaries to teach.
There are actaully places out there where the missionaries dont knock on
doors, or they only knock on the doors of members. A few of the wards
in my stake accepted to take on that plan. I find that would be really
interesting and fun to be in an area where i dont have to knock on
Secondly, the 15th was the day of independence here and there was
an activity held at the stake center with food and activities and all
that. oh and the missionaries in my district werent allowed to go. At
first they said that it was fine if we went and then they said no. I
think they just didnt want a whole bunch of missionaries spending alot
of time at activities. So all the missionaries in my district got
together at the house of the district leader to have tacos and stuff.
It was pretty fun to spend time with them. All of us in the
district are pretty great friends. It will be interesting to see who
stays and who will go for transfers this coming monday. I am probably
going to stay seeing how i only have one transfer here.
So dia de independencia here is pretty different then ours. I am
pretty sure that fireworks are illegal here because no one was setting
them off. Instead every just drinks and watches wrestling or boxing.
This sunday was really great! We had one of our old investagators go to
church. His name is Oswald and he is pretty awesome. He love talking
about the Plan that God has for his children and the atonement of Christ
and how he can be cleansed from sin. The only problem is that he never
actaully went to church and now this sunday he went!
Oswald and a few others have plans to get baptised this week. Hope all goes right this week. We will see what happens.
Love you all Bye!
Ps Any pictures would be welcomed. Like maybe the last holiday family picture we took with everyone there :)
Another week has past... pretty fast actually.
This week wasnt as crazy as last week with plans and all but we managed
to keep busy. Oh and its finally starting to cool down here. This last
week was probably averaged in the high 60s or low 70s and i am starting
to see clouds here. I miss the random changes in weather soo much and
the different seasons in general! Here it is always perfect and
sunny.... :/ haha
So this ward i am in is really small but yes they have semenary for the
youth but i wouldnt doubt it if it was combined with another ward.
this we tried really hard to marry people. Ok i will explain. So first
of all to be baptized you have to beliving the Law of Chastity, and here
in Tijuana no one is married. Everyone here just gets together and
either after a year or after they have kids they just call themselfs
husband and wife but because its expensive and difficult to get married
legally here in TJ they just dont. I think its like 600 pesos or 50
dollars and you have to go to a judge to do it, religious leaders cant
do it here like they can in the states. But anyways, everyonce and a
while Tijuana does this marrige collective thing. Were they marry a
whole bunch of people all at once. Its a lot cheaper, 150 pesos (12$),
and you only need to bring you ACT of Nacimiento (i think its like a
Birth Cert.). We had two families that we were planning on marrying
there but everthing fell apart last second. We planned to met one of the
families at their place but when we went they wernt there and then
later told us they couldnt find their ACT of Nacimiento and decided to
go somewhere for a little while. The other family, the mom really wants
to get married and baptized and everything was working out great until
the dad said...yeah i dont want to get married yet, i need more time to
get to know her first. haha funny thing is they have 6 years together
and 3 kids. So yeah, no one got married, but oh well :/
So on a more happy note :) Tatiana (who i mention in the last
letter) is pretty awesome. Tatiana has been reading the Book of Mormon
faster then any of my past investigators, i think shes in Alma right
now. Shes doing everything she can to be baptised. Oh and even more, so
she crosses over to San Diego about 2 times a week and this week she
surprised us with a big bag of Peanut Butter M&MS! Oh yeah there
selection of MMs here is very pathetic and they only have the 1doller
size bags. It was the first time my companion had ever tried those mms,
he loved them.
To answere your question mom, yes Elder Mayo is my Zone Leader and no Elder Bryce isnt in my ward but is in my district.
so i forgot to mention this about my appartment......we have a
cochroach problem. They live in our walls.... and in one of our kitchen
drawers. They are pretty gross, i havent seen any giant ones yet, they
are all about the size of a nickel.
This week was pretty sweet and pretty hectic at the end. We were
teaching this man Enrigue, and he had a baptizmal date set for yesterday
(sunday). I believe i have mentioned him a little bit in my past
letter. Anyways he is a really awesome guy who believe in the Book of
Mormon and that God has given us a Prophet in this day and that he needs
to be baptized but everytime we talked to him about baptizm he would
tell us that he still doesnt feel repented of his sins and that he needs
a little more time to mejorar su vida (better his life) before baptizm.
We told him that if he really has a desire to change his life and live
the gospel then he is ready. But we also told him to pray about it and
ask Heavenly Father if he is ready and if he sould be baptized this
week. Well we came back the next day and his whole personality seemed to
have changed, he seemed a lot more lively, happy, and pleased with
life. He then told us that he prayed and feels completely ready for
baptizm and wants to be baptized this week.
Well sunday (day of his baptizm) came around and we all showed up
at the church at the same time to find that someone had drained the
baptizmal font of all the water.....Nooooooo!!!!! We had one hour to
fill the font and hold the baptizmal serivice before our sacrament
meeting. We (4 of us missionaries, 2 of which were from the ward before
us) did everything we could to fill it as fast as possible. Idk if you
know what a Garrafont is, but its like a giant water bucket/thing that
holds there DRINKABLE water. Well we even filling those up with an
outside hose and then dumping it in the font. Well 45 mins after we had
it filled and i directed the baptizmal service and my companion baptized
him. He was then later confirmed and recieve the Espiritu Santo in
sacrament meeting. He was really happy that day :) and so was I. In the
picture he is the guy right next to me. The guy next to my companion is
his step-son who is a member.
Now about Tatiana who I also mentioned in my before letter. She
went to the baptizmal service and she said she would like to be baptized
and asked me would she needs to do to be baptized and well like it says
in the Bible (Acts 8:36-39) all you need is to believe in Jesus Christ
as our savior and have a desire to be baptized. Tatiana is really
awesome, we are going back to teach her tomorrow and we are going to
make this lesson really sweet!
Well Love you all!
yeah ps i have collected 2 club cards of the 3 major stores around
here... I have Calimax, Comercial Mexicana, and all i need is Soriana.
[From email to his dad]
Im doing really well.
No i havent seen that movie but
hey if the twins dont have a chance welll i hope the best for the As
this year. And thats awesome that you get to go down to Cali and visit
Granddad, tell him hello for me and tell me how hes doing.
My spanish is pretty good, my biggest problem is when people talk
quietly or dont speak clearly. But yeah i can hold conversation with just
about anyone and i can keep up with conversations too. Its not a whole
lot different as senor companion but i do like it. And the ward is
pretty cool, i dont know the members all too well still but those that i
do know seem pretty cool. As a smaller ward i find that me and my
companion are the only ones that wear suit coats to church haha. I have
been to the boarder wall once but the other side doesnt look too
interesting, i can only really see open area and then hills. But yeah we
are still using lots off taxis.
It feels wierd that it was a whole year ago that its been more then a year sence ive been to Rex.