Alma 26:12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
last week was wonderful! It was also pretty dang busy. We were
teaching lessons almost all day everyday it was wonderful. Our
investigators are really starting to progress and we have two
baptisms coming up this Friday. We are soooo excited!!! One is a
guy named Jesus Espinoza haha kinda funny. That's about half of my family's name ;) lol jk The other
one is a 9 year old girl. It should be an amazing experience for them
so we are trying to plan it out as best we can! It will be difficult
with how busy we are starting to get but we will make it work :)
were doing very well not too long ago with finding new investigators
but lately we haven't been doing so hot. But it's cause we are
starting to teach all those investigators now! haha I'm not sure how
correct this is but there was talk of our area getting split again!
That would be two splits since I've been here! Too crazy haha But our
old area the university ward is also doing wonderful so it really was
inspired that our area should split. So if it happens again I'll be
okay with it. I would just hope we don't have to give up all of our
investigators again! Haha. Next transfer will be my companions last
transfer which is crazy to think about so we both hope I stay with
him till hes done! that would be awesome! we both do really well
together and have accomplished lots in this area!
every single time this one ward missionary goes out to lessons with
us something crazy and unplanned happens to where he is able to
really relate with people we meet with and help them out. Its
starting to get a little weird haha. It just goes to show that God
really does work in mysterious ways for our benefit. Some people
think that God is not a loving God and that some things are just a
coincidence but after many different experiences I've had on my
mission where things just somehow manage to happen at the right time
and right place and we are somehow with a certain member in our ward
and peoples lives are blessed because of these "random"
things. Yeah, they're not just coincidences lol. Some people just
have a hard time really thinking about certain things as being a
blessing in their life. but the moment they realize that, they start
realizing and noticing other small tender mercies the Lord gives us
and their lives start making a turn for the better :) Its wonderful!
Lots of people think we are just out there to see how many people we
can baptize. But really we actually really desire to help out a
person in any way we can. We want to help them build their faith and
find peace in their life and share this wonderful message we have.
Which of course eventually leads to baptism but its not for our
benefit. Its for theirs. Being a missionary has taught me many
wonderful things that I will never forget. So I would encourage
everyone to go and do missionary work! There are not many things that
are more satisfying I promise :)
hope everyone had a wonderful week and has an even better one this
week! Love you all!
past week wasn't too bad. We went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders
so that's always a good experience. I stayed here in my area and my
companion went to their area. We still somehow managed to talk to
people who only spoke Spanish so it was a little nice to having to be
the one to talk to them haha. I only have a few things I know how to
say to people on like door approaches or something like that. But I
can surprisingly understand most of what they say. I still need to
learn it though!
were at this apartment complex a few weeks ago and this girl came
running to us asked if we were Mormon so of course we said yes and
she said, "ME TOO!!!!!" She was a little excited lol. But
she wanted to know where the church was so she could start going. She
had just moved here and got married about a month ago. Anyway she
invited us to come to her house and answer some questions she still
had cause she has only been a member for a few years. Her husband
stayed in their room most of the time until the end when she wanted
us to help her stop smoking so she called him out and asked him to
join her and he accepted! We have this 15 step program we teach to
people who wanna stop smoking. They committed to everything we asked
them to do. And now we're going to start teaching him the lessons.
They move in October cause he's getting out of the Army. But he's
accepting to the Gospel so we will get him before he moves! ;) haha.
also started teaching a few other pretty legit investigators this
last week. It was a pretty great week. No crazy stories or anything
sadly haha. We have two baptisms scheduled for next friday so
we are pretty stoked about that! One is a 9 year girl and the other
is this girl in the wards fiancee. Its been nice this transfer to
only have to worry about the 1st ward so things in this ward are
finally starting to get a move on haha.
still continues to be the random crazy thunderstorms but its pretty
awesome! Its sad though cause they always happen at night!!!! When we
can't go drive around in all the crazy rain! The thunder and
lightning is pretty intense though.
went to the El Paso Zoo this morning as a district. That was actually
pretty fun. they have some pretty cool animals here.
I hope everyone had a great last week and has an even better one this
week!! Love you all!
this week was a pretty good one as usual! Just trying to stay busy
finding and teaching people. We found a wonderful family of three
last week and we're so excited about it! They have a 9 yr old
daughter who is autistic. They were supposed to be at church on
Sunday but the husband had to work :( But the wife promised to
come next week even if he was working lol. She seemed really excited
about Relief Society. She was telling us how she was looking to join
a womens group of some sort for support and things like that. I don't
think it was a coincidence that we were planning on talking about the
Relief Society that day!! We are looking forward to helping this
family progress in this wonderful restored Gospel!
fall in love with this area more and more after every week. Its crazy
that we are already in our 4th week of this transfer! We both hope we
stay another transfer. If not i'll be very sad :( My companion goes
home after next transfer so that's another reason why we wanna stay
companions. We get along great and work well with each other.
week our mission president and his wife came to our apartments and
interviewed. We probably have the most amazing mission president out
there! It was an awesome experience. Something he challenged us to do
was to act as if Jesus Christ was our third companion out tracting
door door in a white shirt and tie. Lemme tell ya that really makes
you think about how you go about your day and whether you wanna get
out and work or find something less productive and lazy to do. The
thing I love about being a missionary is you learn integrity. No one
is out there watching us making sure we're doing what were supposed
to be doing. Its all on us. The thing is though, is that Heavenly
Father is watching us. SCARY! Haha. Not really though. I think it
helps us to be a better person when no one is watching. And also I
feel like he's not watching us so he can count every time we slip up
but to help us and comfort us in times of need. Being a missionary is
probably the greatest thing ever and I wouldn't trade it for a thing.
I learned in scripture study this week is that God will not suffer
his plans to be destroyed. Satan will not win no matter how hard he
tries. Its almost like Oregon State trying to beat Oregon. It just
ain't gonna happen ;) lol! But really, we need to decide which side
we wanna be one. The winning team or the losing team. We already know
whose gonna win. We just need to show by our actions which side we
hope everyone had a great week! Love you all and thanks for the love
and support. You're all in my prayers!
this last week was wonderful as usual. Being a missionary might be
the greatest thing ever! We talked to quite a few people last week.
We had two experiences where people wanted to have a debate about
religion haha. Of course we are told not to bible bash but
surprisingly they weren't bible bashes. They actually turned into
teaching opportunities and new investigators haha! Its amazing what
you can say when you have the spirit with you! Its also a testimony
builder. The more you share the gospel the more your testimony grows.
I've heard that a lot and have experienced for myself that it is
true. It was very interesting to talk to those people and to hear
their beliefs. Many were the same but theirs were just so empty and
doesn't make that much sense. That's why I love being a member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Its wonderful to have
the full restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both times after the
"debates" I turned to my companion and said,"Man,
there's no way this Gospel isn't true!" It just makes so much
sense and then when you the spirit testifies the truth of it to you
it brings a comfort to your soul. I've seen it in my life and the
lives of people I teach. The Gospel is for everyone and makes bad
people into good people and good people into better people.
had the privilege of baptizing one of our investigators in the
singles ward who we had to hand over to the sisters. It was sooo
exciting cause that was the first baptism where I started teaching
the investigator! Even though I didn't get to teach him the last
lesson it was still a wonderful experience and I feel as if I have
made a new life long friend. Tha'ts how I feel about lots of people
in this area. There are soo many wonderful people here. I'm gonna be
very sad to leave this area but good thing we have Facebook right?
thing our Zone is doing this month is having a companionship fast
every day of the month. The purpose of the fast is to find families
to teach. Although my comp and I have not found a family to teach
there have already been companionships that have. We had zone
meeting on Friday and after, the whole zone goes out for
lunch. Guess who got picked to fast that day? Yep, we did. Haha. It
was pretty hard sitting at a pizza buffet and just watching everyone
eat their delicious, saucy, meaty, cheesy, tasty pizza. Haha! But
that night two families were found so it was soo worth it.
day we went to a BBQ. AMAZING. Definitely the first person !'ve met
on the mission who claims to make good ribs and actually does haha.
Well not too much has happened here in El Paso other than that. Just
trying to help bring people closer to Christ. My companion told me a
pretty cool analogy. The military gives the people on the front line
fighting the most the best weapons. the people in the back doing
office work don't really get the best weapons. It can be the same for
us. When we're on the front lines doing missionary work whether were
missionaries or not, our Father in Heaven is going to give us his
best weapons. Hope everyone is doing well and has a great week :)
Love you all!
Elder Espinoza and Eddie. First Baptism from start to finish!
Elder Espinoza, Eddie, Elder Bushman
Us and the Sister Missionaries that took over the young single adult ward.
Us and Brother Gogan. He gets deployed this week :( Definitely one of our favorite families in this area. We are over there a lot haha.
Us and the Booths. They're from Ephrata Washington. They're called to serve in the singles ward. They're really cool and love us, haha, we were sad we don't see them as much anymore.
Elder Espinoza got a surprise visit from Marcus Andros and a plate of cookies!
Marcus is from Washington and was visiting his in-laws in El Paso.