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Monday, June 27, 2016

Just wanting to do the Will of God...

Hello Everyone...I hope everyone had a great week last week...we were able to have two more conferences so in total we have done 7 out of the 9 that we need to do...we will be finishing up with the Zone Conferences this next week...This past week we were in Caborca and Peñasco (2 of my favorite zones haha)  It was a wonderful week with 2 of probably the most spiritual Zone conferences that I have attended..We could just really see and feel that the whole Zone was working hard and being super obedient...It was an edifying experience...

After our Conference in Peñasco, we had planned on doing exchanges with all the Elders on Friday and Saturday...After the Conference however we had a different feeling...we felt that we needed to leave right then and there to go back to Hermosillo...kind of weird we told President, and Sister Robinson took us to the bus stop with our clothes...we left immediately and we got to Hermosillo at about 1 a.m. When I went to bed I really didn't know exactly what to expect something the next day but I felt very strongly we were in Hermosillo for a grand purpose... Friday we got up, like normal, and got ready and started studying And while I was studying I remembered a few Elders that are here in Hermosillo...that I thought in my own mind were doing just fine and that they were happy...but I felt like we were to have companion exchanges with these Elders...I called them up and they were ecstatic to do them...I told my companions and they were in agreeance...Later in the day as we were on exchanges we found out that one of these missionaries was just fine...He is always happy..A pretty happy go lucky type of guy...An amazing missionary....the other missionary however (who is an amazing District Leader) had gotten a little discouraged with his area and with the mission in general...We might not know what would have happened if we wouldn't have done those exchanges...After finding this out I was filled with a wonderful spirit of gratitude...i am so grateful for listening and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost...We were able to help that missionary a ton, we took him to our area and he was very grateful for the chance to do Exchanges... 

So we finally found out why we had to be in Hermosillo on Friday...
As I keep growing as a missionary I find that now my only purpose is to do the Will of God...As we see the new missionaries getting to the mission we usually ask them What they want to accomplish on their mission...the majority say BAPTIZE! I have found that yes it is nice to baptize and it is God's will that we baptize but I have found that that isn't my full purpose...In these 22 months I have learned that while doing God's will at all times I find peace and joy...I receive tons of blessings everyday from this wonderful service, also as I do God's Will I receive his confidence in every aspect of this wonderful Work of Salvation.

Sure Love you guys
Elder Child

3 More Zone Conferences, 4 to go...

Hello Everyone...
This week has been pretty crazy as well..haha there is always something to do here:)
We had 3 zone conferences all of them were here in Hermosillo.. It was a wonderful week...It was even better because after we ended the Zone Conference we could leave and work in our own are...It is amazing how much you can get done in 2 or 3 hours in the evening...haha There is a little saying that is going around that says that --We Rest, While Working...haha I didnt really understand that before getting to the offices but now it is so nice taking a break from trainings and conferences and GO and WORK!  We have experienced so many miracles in our area...There are truely too many to count...I love how we are putting into practice everything we have ever taught in any training and we are finding so many wonderful people...and having success... I truely love the Mission Life...And as my time is winding down I am not sure how I will make the transition to regular life...it will be kind of weird...so good thing I have 2 months left to LIVE IT UP!!!

Sorry for the short letter
But sure love you guys
O and HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!!!!
love elder child

P.S My favorite mormon message about our Wonderful Fathers.... 
 
                  Sister Robinson made us special Banana Chocolate Chip muffins on Monday...
 
 
After getting home after a full week of being outside of Hermosillo for a week...we got home and found that our fridge had turned off...so all of our food was about as hot as the Sonoran Sun...
 
 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Leadership Conference, 2 Zone Conferences, and 3 Exchanges

Hello Everyone...I hope everyone had a wonderful week...We had a pretty crazy week here in the mission...We started out the week with the monthly Leadership Conference with all of the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders...Which was an another amazing spiritually edifying conference...I swear we have some of the best mission leaders in the world haha...They are all really great... So we had that on Tuesday Morning...Tuesday afternoon we were in the offices trying to get ready for Zone Conferences....Wednesday we woke up at 4:30 am to travel to Nogales to start with this new round of Zone Conferences...The Spirit was so strong during every one of our trainings...In past conferences we have talked about how we can teach better and how to find more people to teach...This round we are talking strictly to missionaries about how to be convirted to the Lord...One of our main topics is how we need to remember all of the covenants we have made...Baptismal Covenants to Temple Covenants...Many missionaries were edified by these wonderful conferences...

So we were in Nogales pretty much all day Wednesday...and to take a safer route on our way to Agua Prieta we traveled on the U.S. side...It was quite the experience to cross the border and see how different the U.S. and Mexico are...Also on our litte journey we stopped at Sister Robinsons favorite "american" restaurant...haha Panda Express...she loves it and she wouldnt let us continue without stopping by...We got to Agua Prieta at about 12 am and found a few Elders to stay with...then we were up and at em again to have our second Zone Conference with the Missionaries of Agua Prieta...Another Great learning experience for all...

For the rest of the week were able to do Companion Exchanges with almost every companionship in Agua Prieta...It was great...We didnt have a P Day but we figured that we will can have our P Day when we get done with the mission...haha

A great week this week...cant wait for another week full of conferences and exchanges...

Love you all
Elder Child
 
                                        Panda Express in Nogales Arizona haha
 
 
                                      Exchanges with Elder Villalpando and Elder Bigger...
 
 
                                           Exchanges with Elder Pineda y Elder Earnshaw
 
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Count your many Blessings...

Hello Everyone...
Dont have a lot of time today...but we had a wonderful first week of the transfer...everyone got to their new area safe...even though it was kind of hectic...haha but it was a great day Monday...we greeted new missionaries at the airport at 8 o clock in the morning and were giving them the First Day training... The next day we sent other missionaries home...so spent a lot of time in the airport this past week...It is crazy the enthusiasmo that the new missionaries bring to the mission...Everyone so happy so excited...

This week we also had quite a bit of time in our area teaching more people...On one occasion we entered into a house that we just had contacted, we noticed a young boy sitting on the bed with his legs crossed...we continued trying to get to know the family and one by one members of the family expressed what was their greatest desire in this life... The young boy was up...it was his turn to express his greatest desire...He said...to walk...We then found out that he was paralyzed from the waist down and that he hadnt been able to walk for his whole life...We almost started to cry...He is so tender and loving...We expressed the love God has for him...After finishing up with the lesson the young boy asked if we could take a picture with him...so attached you will find a picture of this us and this young boy...We left the house amazed that almost always we take for granted this wonderful blessing... Later on in the week when missionaries would call me and they would tell me of how many blisters they have on their feet or how tired they were from so much walking I would explain to them of how great a blessing it is to even be able to walk and tell them this story I just described...It has changed a few missionaries mindsets while they are walking...

From this story I have realized a little more of how many things we do take for granted...We are so blessed...We have so many blessings from our Father in Heaven...We are so spoiled...

Love you all
Elder Child
 
                                   Elder Schlappi and I with our wonderful little friend...:)
 
 
 So funny story we got locked out of our house haha so using some Redneck ingenuity, a concrete nail, a brick, and a used paint roller we finally broke ourselves in...haha We just punched a hole through the metal door and shoved the paint roller through the hole and opened the door :)
 
 
                                                Greeting new missionaries in the airport...