Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Week 63

this week has made me miss the USA more than ever i think,

lets say that i have been living the last 5 days without electricity and without running water... makes you appreciate the little things that you use every day. #bucket showers

also means we havent had fans either, been super hot, we sleep on the back porch, too hot inside...
however it has been a great week in the work, various people telling us that our message brings them peace and understanding, we are meeting tons of people every day, a couple families that might progress, they have cars so they can drive to church, walking is like a half an hour or more!

elder lopez is teaching me more of the dominican ways, we spent 200 pesos, which is like 4 and a half dollars to buy 100 green bananas, and 30 plantains, learning how to cook more dominican food and do it cheaply, also found some coconut and elder lopez knocked it down and we ate it natural, super delish! he is learning and teaching, great trainee!

i realized the importantance of the spirit, which teaches us what we should do, motivates us to act, we have been inviting many people to prepare to be baptized next month, and the few that have accepted were the few that could feel the spirit, i like my area because its a little more out in the country, and there is not as much noise, i think the spirit is stronger in places like that...

anyways, not much more to say, all is well, loving the work, miss you all, and hope you know as i do, that this church is true. be safe and have a good week!

 p day when we played basketball with the branch president
 when we knocked down the coconut!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 62

huge week, little time, we will see how fast i can explain it all!

so i recieved my kid... or more like my dad, he is a dominican named Elder Lopez from barahona, and he is literally like my dad, he is 6"4 and like 230 lbs, monster, 26 years old, convert of a year and a half ago. he was a pentacostal for 5 years, and now he is mormon! he is super excited to learn, however its a little wierd that he is so old, i feel like im not really supposed to be training him... 

our area is valiente "c" or to say that there are 6 missionaries in this ward due to an english class this ward offers, more than 200 people come every week and we hold the class in the church, so i showed up this saturday morning to a class of like 25 kids to teach english, pretty interesting... also we teach english in a public school, another class of 30 kids, im teaching tons of english which is pretty interesting, and fun! really makes me feel good to be able to speak two languages!

our area is the very far part of the ward, 30 mins walking from the chapel, which puts us out in the country part of the area, i feel like our house is in a cabin in the woods, pretty dope actually! we live on the same street as a pentocostal and adventist church, it will be interesting to see how many people we can get to walk 30 mins to church every sunday. i have the Faith though :)

im feeling at the peak of my mission, contacting tons, 6 hours a day, getting to know the area, seeing who can progress and who the Lord is preparing to recieve this restored gospel! 

other than that not much to say, i never see the ocean here sadly, but i like the country side anyways, feels a little like south weber ;) haha

quick shout out to my grandparents that have and are moving, love you guys!

also to my cousin Zander, love you buddy, your in my prayers, i know everything will go well with the surgery! 

love you all tons, talk to you next week!


 Elder Lopez and I with President and Sister Corbitt!

 Mi Hijo/Papá in the forest/our area!

 Elder Sandoval and I on an intercambio we did this week, he is from Chile, shout out to ty!

 then during study this week i found this little guy crawling around, how cute eh?

elder cuellar!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Week 61

so here is my letter to pres this week!


Well, a little sad to be leaving this area, San Vicente treated me really well, I learned a lot from the people here as i helped many learn about how to overcome trials and problems in life. I also am grateful for the opportunity i had to serve as a leader in the mission, as you said on your phone call, its a constant rotation, and I know elder Wenzal will be a super Zone Leader. Im excited as well to be training, i love the spirit that the greenies have when they enter the mission, that was honestly something i was praying for this last transfer, so i am super excited for these next 6 weeks in Valiente! thanks for everything, see you tommorrow!


excited to train, and to be in the zone of Las Americas, the same zone as the LLave, way cool, ill tell you who my son is next week when i find out tommorrow!

good week overall here, we had the zone leaders meeting with President Corbitt, i took place in a practice to help show the importance of using the Lords Strength and not our own, we did an arm wrestle, Elder Tripp and I from my group, he was Gods Army and I was Satan, really funny, i had to lose at the end though!

Elder Cuellar and I also had to go do some exchanges due to some unfortunate events, so we didnt get to work a ton in our area, but we managed to teach everyone i wanted to one last time, there will be more goodbyes and maybe a few more tears tonight. excited to be training and learning more in that aspect, but im gonna miss this area.

the spirit is the Most important thing to have on the mission, I got to talk with Onelbin sanchez, a mini missionary from the LLave, and he asked the best advice for a missionary starting, all i could say was SEEK THE SPIRIT, when we have it, we are doing HIS work directed by HIM, im glad that personal revelation exists, i know Gods plan for us is perfect, and im so glad i am where i am, this church is true, i know it, and i cannot deny it.

Love you all, hope you have a great week!


 The Last Zona Ozama Pic

 also our district, notice that i was the only pure gringo, gotta love that!
 we took pics with the sombreros, gotta love it!

 then after the reunion this thursday we went to eat at a sweet mexican restaurant
 then we had to say goodbyes after church...

 i saw this on the way to the internet center...
 more goodbyes to the familia contreras, Alexis and Geisi, gonna miss this family tons,

I know that they will be able to be baptized and sealed in the temple one day!