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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Keep on Keeping On

Hello Everyone...
This week has been a great week...Every week we fight to be able to teach all of the people we need to teach...Its quite hard...I was talking to President this week about maybe sending us another set of missionaries...so we will have to see...

The President and Sister Robinson came to Magdalena again this week to interview us...and it was so amazing to learn so much stuff in a 30 minute interview with the President...it was crazy so this week we have lots of work putting all of this new things in practice...

This week i also found a store that sells almost everything that you would ever want from the U.S. from Cool Whip and Milk to Bread and Butter Pickles...its quite amazing...I love it...I am taking advantage and eating lots...

Another thing that happened this week was that we had companion exchanges with a companionship in Nogales...I went to Nogales with an Elder Keele from Spanish Fork...he is new in the mission with 3 months...it was crazy to see the faces of the people in the streets when they saw two huge americans....Elder Keele is about 6 foot 4 inches...In this experience I saw myself almost a year ago when I was still struggling with the language and trying to figure out what i was even doing....Elder Keele is still learning the language but i was very impressed with the way he taught and acted..he knows what he was doing...it was great.....

Also this week there was a free health clinic in Magdalena...We went to see if everything was in order haha and it was kind of funny because they told my companion that he has to do more excercice because he is a little overweight haha He just looked at me with a confused face when he heard that since we ride bikes and walk every day...it was quite funny..

A few funny experiences from this week...sorry a little short again
Sure love you guys
Elder Child
 
                                Exchanges with Elder Keele in Nogales, Sonora

                              Eating Chinese Food...huge plate for 3 dollars haha
 
                         A little Chilly in Nogales...was about 38 degrees F in this picture...
 
 

Breaking Records...

Hello Everyone...

This week was really good..Francisco has been busy searching for family names that he can take to the temple..And Brian has been a great example to his family especially to those that arent members...teaching them that they shouldnt drink coffee....also he impresseed me yesterday when he pulled me aside and asked for help to fill out his tithing sheet...I havent seen a 9 year old so ready to pay a full tithe of 2 pesos...He is a great young man...
We have been trying to do everything a little bit better this week...Better planning..better teaching...everything....And we saw huge results...Yesterday we broke the record Sunday attendance of our little branch...we 39 members and 10 investigators...so 49 people packed into a room the size of a dining room...it was quite a sight...for many people it was their first time to church and were greeted by the active members..others hadnt been to church for more than 15 years...Everyone is excited to come back next week...we hope we can keep up with teaching everyone haha...
We were also able to teach Francisco the "Lost Sheep" that i talked about 2 weeks ago...he was so excited to have missionaries and the Branch President in his house he was skyping and calling all of his family..through the tears he told everyone (including his friends on Facebook) of his gratitude that we were there...Mean while we were talking with his non member wife who had millions of questions...that we answered in between the phone calls of her husband haha...

A few updates...Love You ALL!
Elder Child
                                 Cutting the lawn of the church IN THE RAIN!!!
 
 
                                      Looks like Magdalena has a Train Depot also!!!
 
 

Renewing the Visa!

Hello Everyone...
This week was pretty crazy haha...We went to Nogales for a Conference on Tuesday then went to Hermosillo Wednesday and Thurday to Renew my Visa (CRAZY!!!)...
And so we have to squeeze in lots of appointments in not very much time...

Francisco got the Aaronic Priesthood Sunday...and was able to pass the Sacrament for the first time....which was kind of interesting because it was the first week that I didnt have to pass the sacrament for the past 6 weeks...so I was really excited about that...Francisco also bore a strong testimony about Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost... He is preparing names of his ancestors so that he can go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead by the end of November...so that is what he is  working on now... he has become a part of the Priesthood holders so quickly it is amazing...one of the brothers was talking to him about the Preperation of the Sacrament and the Sacramental Prayers...he is one of the Brothers now...we love how the members start calling him by Brother Lopez instead of Francisco...because that is how we can tell that they are feeling that he is another brother not an investigator any more...

Also it has been getting kind of cold lately...I am having to sleep with a sweatshirt pj pants and socks haha...my companion is getting kind of sick from the change of weather...but we both agree that it sure beats the heat of Penasco and Guaymas...haha so we are in heaven!  

Sorry this letter is short and wont have pictures(I forgot my cable for the camera) but I love you all 
Love
Elder Child