Elder Espinoza

Elder Espinoza
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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


So last week was a bit of a crazy one that's for sure! We had a new apartment so it was completely empty and we had no food and no money because it is the end of the month and we didn't save as much as we probably should have so it was a fun first few days! Luckily we have the most amazing members ever and they totally got us groceries - that was the nicest thing ever! This ward really does watch out for their missionaries!
Glad to have been able to serve here for 9 months! So pretty much I can leave at the end of this transfer or be here for 3 because my companion goes home in two so they wouldn't bring in two zone leaders who have never been in the area before. I really feel like I'm leaving at the end of this transfer. I really hope not but we will see what the Lord has in store for me! So I was kind of a little sad to find out we were getting the north side of the area because it definitely wasn't as productive as the south side and we never really come up to the north side (the ward boundaries are massive!). But it's crazy how the Lord is preparing people for his gospel and how after the little time we have spent up here we have found some super solid investigators. One was actually last night. I have never met someone before who was SO excited about the gospel as this man. It was almost unreal... like still even thinking about it is crazy! Even my comp who has been out for 21 months has never met someone this excited! So he's totally going to get baptized for sure and his wife is a less active member in San Antonio and she's moving here in April because he's stationed here in the army. He had been to church a few times and didn't think much of it and then all of a sudden he wanted to change his life around and just really felt God impressing him to ask his wife how to learn more about her church and how to change his life. It really is amazing to see peoples desire to change and then when they have the gospel and actually change has to be one of the most wonderful things ever. We had Tyler Nelson with us, he's the guy we baptized in December then he baptized his wife a few weeks ago. It just all worked out so perfectly, it was so awesome! Missionary work never gets old and never will especially in this time we live in on this Earth! It is up to us to go and proclaim the gospel! I hope you all had a wonderful week and thanks for all the love and support!
Love Elder Espinoza

My new companion Elder Weber

Monday, February 17, 2014

I got called to be a zone leader!

February 17, 2014
   So crazy story, my companion got a call to train a new missionary which means that he will be staying and I will be getting transferred. There was still a high possibility that our area would get split and that I could go to the other side. But the next day I got a call to be a zone leader which meant I would either go to Las Cruces or Albuquerque. So I texted my bishop and asked if I could share my testimony on Sunday cause I'm leaving. Then, an hour later the 1st counselor calls and asks me to give a talk. Then I said wow it would be so funny if I ended up staying and that I would feel stupid telling everyone over the pulpit that I was leaving and then boom here I am next Sunday at church. Then Elder Hoggan and I started thinking about all these crazy things that would have to happen for me to stay and basically our zone would either have to split and have English zone leaders and I would stay here or they would have to change the zone leader area in this zone to 1st ward and change from Spanish to English. Anyway the more and more we thought about it the more we kinda convinced ourselves it COULD happen haha. So we were talking to the zone leaders and telling them our crazy ideas and they were like yeah no way that's never happening!! Well Saturday night we get a call for transfers and sure enough our zone got split and my area is getting turned into a zone leader area and I'm staying and getting another zone leader comp! CRAZY! haha But I'm really excited to stay and to be a zone leader it should be a good experience especially with the zone splitting and having two zones in one stake, there's just a lot of stuff that we will have to get figured out!
   So we didn't end up having the baptism last week :/ We're waiting so her Dad can baptize her which will be really good for their family so its alright! I'll still get to be here for it though!
   Also we have had pretty terrible weather here lately.... been in the low 80s :) haha well I hope all is well with everyone!!! Thanks for all the love and support!
Love Elder Espinoza

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014

So we had the baptism last week and it was amazing!! The Spirit at a baptism is like none other. The actual baptism itself is so short and simple yet the Spirit just bears sincere witness to everyone there that what that person did was the right thing. The talks at the baptisms were also amazing. Very very spiritual. This ward seems to be becoming very missionary minded. The talks on Sunday were all about missionary work. The guy who introduced the Nelson family (the ones who were baptized) to the gospel spoke and kind of talked about his experience. It was so inspired because there are many people who have friends they want to talk to but they're too afraid or something else is in the way. Our ward mission leader talked after that. He had like 5 minutes to talk and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. It was so obvious that he was filled with the Spirit and was telling the ward what they all needed hear. You could just tell that it wasn't really him speaking. It was amazing to watch. The Spirit filled the room it was so awesome! I think a lot of people know what they need to do now. LOL.
So this weekend we will have another baptism of a young girl whose family are all members but she was never baptized while they were in Hawaii. Her father is in the army. They're from Micronesia. They are really nice people! She always wants to feed us every time we go over its pretty funny. She's way nice. We actually talked to the missionaries in Hawaii who taught their daughter and they told us that this family didn't go to church very much in Hawaii but since they've been here there hasn't been a Sunday that they haven't been to church and its amazing to see how the gospel is blessing this family. So transfers is this coming week . I've said that I felt like I was leaving the last three transfers but this time I REALLY feel like I'm leaving and I REALLY don't want to! I'll probably cry if I have to leave, haha. I love the people here in this ward, it truly is an amazing area to serve in. Whoever the new missionary is will be one lucky kid, haha. But who knows I could stay here again. I hope so!
Well I heard it snowed in Tritown, thats pretty cool! The weather here as been pretty nice...like in the 70s all week, haha, but it would be nice to have a little snow! Well I hope all is well for everyone back at home! Thanks again for all the love and support!

Love Elder Espinoza

 The Nelsons

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

By small and simple things shall great things come to pass


   Well, hope everyone had a fun weekend and enjoyed the Seahawks finally winning a Super Bowl! 
   Our week went pretty good. Nothing exciting really happened but we stayed busy teaching a lot of people. We had to set some new baptismal dates with people cause they weren't ready for last Saturday. We also have a baptism this week! It's so awesome to see someone you baptized baptize someone in their family! The gospel really does change peoples lives. People you would never think that would give things up suddenly do. It's amazing to see the miracles we see every day. 
   Today we went to a member's house to do our laundry and we had scripture study with them and we read the story where Amalickiah becomes king of the Lamanites. Its pretty crazy how he was able to deceive and lie to all these people. Especially when he had Lehonti come down from the mountain to "surround Amalickiah's armies" and then he poisons Lehonti by degrees. That's how satan works if we let him. He tempts us to come down from our high standards to his low standards and when we give in he slowly poisons us by degrees until we eventually spiritually die and then he gets what he wants from us. That's why it's so important to always do the small things that keep us safe from satan's temptations. There's a scripture that says by small and simple things shall great things come to pass. It works both ways, good and bad. It's pretty crazy how the Book of Mormon can really relate to us in these days. I hope everyone is doing the best they can to read and study the Book of Mormon! 
   Sorry this is so short but it's a really busy day today! Lol Hope all is well for everyone :)
Love Elder Espinoza