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.
we had two baptisms on Saturday! That was so awesome! Also
probably one of the funniest moments on my mission. One of the boys
started singing that song "A whole new world" from Aladdin
at the top of his lungs after he got baptized hahaha. We were dying
laughing! The baptism was combined with two kids from the ward so
there was A LOT of people there it was wonderful. One of the other
girls getting baptized asked me to confirm her so that was another
awesome experience. You really can feel the spirit so strong at
baptisms. Its really awesome seeing all the little kids crowded
around the font to watch the baptisms and they are just so excited
and cant wait to get baptized. Even though at the moment they may not
understand quite fully what it means but they can definitely feel the
spirit and they KNOW they should be baptized too. So the baptism went
smoothly but the whole morning and afternoon before that....that's a
different story lol.
we had a pretty good day planned out with some lessons and helping
some people move. Everyone either canceled on us or just wasn't home
except one recent convert family then the family that wanted us to
help them move only wanted help to move their huge grand piano and
lots of people were supposed to show up to help but it was only us,
the dad and the elders quorum president. Talk about some fun.... haha
Then they had totally forgot about their two sheds they had full of
stuff so we stayed and helped them pack all that up then went to help
unload and before we knew it we had to be at the church in a half
hour. So we ran to our car to find out the battery was dead and
nobody had cables. Then we found out that the terminal on the battery
was completely corroded and broke off so our car was outta
commission. Luckily we were able to get a ride and got it all sorted
out. We had a member jimmy rig the car so we could at least get
it to the mechanic on Monday. On Monday we took it in
only to find out a couple hours later we needed to take it to the
dealership and we got there right after the service shop had closed
so we had to leave it there overnight. Talk about fun stuff haha So
we are without a car in this HUGE area but luckily my comp has a bike
and a member let me borrow one :) Crazy weekend!
week we really focused on finding new investigators went out having
faith and trusting in the Lord to lead us where we need to go. We
found 6 new investigators last week and 4 of them in one day! The
promises in the scriptures are soo true. All we have to do is do what
they say and the blessings are there. We have so many blessings in
store for us as long as we do what is commanded. Obedience is the
only way to receive blessings. That's why one of my favorite quotes
is, "Exact obedience brings exact blessings." If there's
one thing I've learned on the mission it's that being obedient to the
Lord really is the only way to truly be happy in life. Then
you have no fear cause you will always have the spirit to be with you
leading and guiding you. Anyway, hope you all had a wonderful
week! Thanks for all the love and support!
last week was a good week! A little different than most. My first
week as a district leader was a great learning experience. Kinda have
a funny story. So district leaders have these big white boards where
we make this chart thing that shows every areas numbers for the
month. I completely remade the one that I got cause it really wasn't
that nice. It took me hours and hours to finish and not gonna lie I
felt pretty accomplished when I did! I was just really hoping my
district would appreciate the new board I made. So anyways we bring
these boards to district meeting and the companionships will come up
and talk about what they did good for the week and what they wanna
work on basically accounting for their last week. Guess what I did on
my first district meeting ever. FORGOT THE BOARD! (My mom is probably
not surprised) lol I was soooo disappointed cause I spent all this
time on the board and got it looking really nice then boom I forgot
the board. Not to mention our zone leaders came to my first district
meeting which made me even more nervous and on top of that I forgot
the board. But I think the district meeting went good and we all just
laughed it off haha.
we have 2 baptisms this Saturday! We are soooo excited to see
these two boys getting baptized. This is really going to be a
wonderful addition to the Church! Its so wonderful to see people
progress in this Gospel. Nothing has brought me more happiness so far
in my life. Last week we taught the Gospel Principles class cause it
was on missionary work. The Lord blesses us greatly for doing
missionary work. We gave the class an opportunity to share some
experiences of them doing missionary work. The most common thing I
remember is that they all said they were soooo happy to see their
friends accept the gospel. Most of them said it brought tears to
their eyes immediately. I think joy is one of the greatest blessings
we receive from missionary work. Not to mention all the other
wonderful blessings and spiritual gifts we receive from it. I would
encourage everyone and especially those of you who feel like they
have not had enough joy in their life recently to start doing some
missionary work and see the happiness it brings you in your life and
the spiritual blessings you will receive! It really is the work of
have a few other people with baptism dates coming up soon so we are
working hard to help prepare them for baptism. It still amazes me to
see how the Lord is preparing people for his Gospel. It will never
get old. And it will never stop. I think another blessing I received
last week was my new comp! His name is Elder Hoggan. He's from Logan,
Utah. Elder Hoggan from Logan lol. We were actually in the same
district in the MTC so we were already good friends! From what I
can tell this transfer is going to be a great one!! Hopefully we see
a lot of success! Thank you all for all the love and support I
receive weekly! Love you all and have a great week :)
A picture from a couple weekends ago at their wards Fall Festival. They were the chili cook off judges.
Elder Espinoza and his previous companion Elder Peterson.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints New
Mexico Albuquerque Mission Albuquerque,
New Mexico 87109-3442
Verna Marie Ruiz,
would like you to know how much Sister Miller and I have grown to
love your son. He has exemplified great leadership abilities in
his missionary work. Therefore, we have called Elder Espinoza to
serve in the leadership position of District Leader. I
have great confidence in his ability to serve in this capacity.
He is compassionate, dependable, obedient, respectful, kind, and
loves the people here in The New Mexico Albuquerque Mission, along
with his fellow missionaries. He has a strong relationship with
his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, which entitles him to receive
personal revelation from the Lord appropriate to his calling and will
gain the confidence and support of those he serves. Thank
you for sending us an outstanding young man. May the Lord
continue to bless you as you continue to support your son.
Steven J. Miller Mission President
Elder Espinoza's new companion Elder Hoggan. they were in the MTC together!
this week was an exciting one! We have 5 investigators with baptism
dates. Two will be on the 26th! We really love that family we are
teaching! They really will be such a great addition to the church!
also have many other investigators who we have been working with for
a while and are now finally starting to progress! One guy has really
had troubles with drinking but he finally came to church and
conference and what do ya know? He drank like once or twice two weeks
ago and last week didn't even touch it. He said he lost the desire to
drink! And now he wants to get baptized which is so wonderful!! This
area is doing so well!
transfers is this week and sadly I will be getting a new companion.
But I also got called to be the district leader which is pretty cool
and makes me a little nervous at the same time! But I'm willing to do
whatever the Lord wants me to!
this letter is so short! I don't have any more time! lol Love you all
and hope you all have a wonderful week!
hope everyone enjoyed conference as much as I did! If anyone did not
watch all the sessions I would highly recommend it! I would feel like
I'm missing out on lots of important information! There were too many
wonderful talks for me to pick a favorite but I do remember my
favorite quote. Jeffery R. Holland said, "If the bitter cup does
not pass, drink it." How true is that!? I love Elder Holland he
says it how it is. These trials in our life are meant to make us a
stronger person only if we endure them well. And if we do then we
will only come out a stronger person with a new and strengthened
testimony. Our next trials will become easier to handle because of
the experience that we've had. I feel like the trials we are facing
now are only preparatory for harder and bigger trials in life to
come. People think that if you do everything you're supposed to then
life will just become easy. But its not like that at all. We will
still be tempted and face many hard challenges but what becomes
easier is putting our trust in the Lord knowing he would never give
us anything we cannot endure. "If the bitter cup does not pass,
drink it." Then leave the rest up to the Lord. He will pick up
our slack. Another thing that I noticed was that Matthew 11:29-30
was quoted a lot which is when Jesus Christ tells us to take his yoke
upon us. We are so lucky to have a savior and redeemer. All we have
to do is do our best and leave the rest up to him. Conference was
definitely uplifting and inspiring.
last couple days have been full of spiritual moments! We got to go to
the temple yesterday. For everyone that is endowed and has not been
for a while I would highly recommend going sometime soon! It was so
inspiring and the spirit was there sooo strong! You really do have
the best of feelings in the temple and can go there to find peace and
comfort. It helps to understand the covenants you made and to always
remember them. Things make a lot more sense the more you go.
far as missionary work goes this area is really progressing! The
investigators we do have are seriously progressing towards baptism.
One lady we are teaching seriously is the most prepared person for
the gospel I have EVER met. Things keep coming out the more we visit
and teach and every time you can just see how the Lord prepares
people throughout their life to receive His gospel. It is really sad
though cause she is moving to Alaska and wants to wait to be baptized
there so her fiancee can be there. Which really is not sad at all I'm
just being selfish lol. She has a son who may wait until then as well
but we are not sure. Our main focus now is to have them prepared for
baptism by then and prepared to endure to the end. It really is the
most exciting thing to see someone progressing through the gospel!
And to see the happiness it brings in their life!
thing I got from conference was missionary work! This Church like
they said is one of the fastest growing in the world! Lets keep it up
and fulfill the desire that Gordon B. Hinckley had to double our
numbers! Us missionaries really need the help of the members. Member
missionary work is the most productive and best way to bring people
into this gospel. I would encourage everyone to pray for missionary
opportunities and see the happiness it brings in your life :)
hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! Thanks for all the love and
support! Love you all!
The Elders in our district! Elder Recht, Elder Berryhill and I
last week was an absolutely wonderful week!! We had Zone Conference
which is always very inspiring and uplifting. The main thing I got
from it was obedience. There were lots of people who spoke on
different topics but every single one of them spoke on obedience.
Probably cause it is pretty important. It is the first law of Heaven!
A question I know I plan on asking myself every time I'm tempted to
not be fully consecrated is if I love that sin more that I love
Jesus. For example, on a day where I just wanna sleep in a little
extra I'm going to ask myself if I love my pillow more than Jesus. I
would encourage everyone to do the same with the little things we are
all working on! It really does help!
also very excited for general conference this coming week. I have
lots of questions that I want answered and I know if I pay enough
attention that they will all be answered. Same to everyone else. I
would encourage you all to write down a few things you're maybe
struggling with or questions that you have and I can promise you they
will be answered. A scripture we read to people a lot is Amos 3:7
which says, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he
revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." How cool
would it be to know the secrets of God? How awesome would it be to
listen to someone who talks with God and knows exactly what we need
to do in order to make it though this life so we can return to our
Father in heaven. I know in the past I have definitely taken general
conference for granted. Just think about how awesome it is to get to
listen to the prophet and his apostles!
also get to go to the temple next Mondaywhich
I am even more excited about. I think my least favorite thing about
being a missionary is we only get to go twice a year! But we are
blessed to at least have a temple in our mission which I am very
grateful for :)
we had lots of success last week! We had a family finally come to
church! They've been saying they would come for about 2 months now
and they came! It was fast Sundayso
that's hit or miss but it was actually really good and I know they
felt something. Their lives are already being blessed because of it.
We talked to the wife later on that day and she said she is already
seeing a difference in her husband! Awesome! We also have been
teaching another family and two committed to baptism! SO exciting!
The mother was agnostic/atheist really only wanting to learn about
our religion cause her fiancee is a member. But now she knows this is
the path she should be on cause everything we have been teaching her
are things she has already believed and ways she has been living her
life. So wonderful!!!!! Missionary work has brought me the most
happiness in my life so far. Its amazing to see peoples lives change
when they start learning about the gospel and start living it. This
gospel really is for everyone. I hope everyone had a wonderful week!
Thanks for all the love and support! :)
An old picture from about a month ago- Elder Espinoza and his previous companion Elder Bushman.