Week 51 ‘Uncle Teddy and the 4th of July’

Wuddup ma peeps!  It’s been a great week in good ol Harlingen Texas! My Uncle Teddy visited me from San Antonio!  It was so great to see him!  We didn’t even skip a beat!  It felt just like the good ol days haha. I guess he sent a video of what he thought was our apartment… that kinda ghetto place haha.  Thank goodness that’s not where we live.  We live right across the street from that though. But anyways, ya it was fun!  We just went to subway and chilled there for a while.
We had a great 4th of July.  We visited some awesome members of the church who fed us a bunch of food and then we visited another family who fed us more food and then we worked for a few hours and then we had to go home at 6. Our Mission President made that rule for the 4th of July cuz there are a bunch of cray cray drunk people down here so holidays can get pretty sketchy out on the streets. So we just chilled in the apartment and played cards and such. It was pretty dope.
Also, I’m now a district leader!  I’m the leader over five other missionaries and they are so awesome!!  Basically I just help them hit their goals and overcome any challenges they have in missionary work. It’s super fun!  It’s been good for me to be a District Leader cuz it gets me thinking about the missionaries I’m serving instead of myself.  In our District Meeting on Wednesday I taught them about the Fearless Mind Journal and I’m having everyone do it!
Here’s a super cool part of a talk given by Elder Robert D. Hales that goes along great with the 4th of July:

There are four cornerstones of religious freedom that we as Latter-day Saints must rely upon and protect.

The first is freedom to believe. No one should be criticized, persecuted, or attacked by individuals, or governments either, for what he or she believes about God. It is very personal and very important. An early declaration of our beliefs regarding religious liberty states:

“No government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience. …

“… The civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience [or] suppress the freedom of the soul.”

This fundamental freedom of belief has since been acknowledged by the United Nations in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by other national and international human rights documents.

The second cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to share our faith and our beliefs with others. The Lord commands us, “Ye shall teach [the gospel to] your children … when thou sittest in thine house.” He also said to His disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” As parents, full-time missionaries, and member missionaries, we rely on religious freedom in order to teach the Lord’s doctrine in our families and throughout the world.

The third cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to form a religious organization, a church, to worship peacefully with others. The eleventh article of faith declares, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” International human rights documents and many national constitutions support this principle.

The fourth cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to live our faith—free exercise of faith not just in the home and chapel but also in public places. The Lord commands us not only to pray privately but also to go forth and “let [our] light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven.”

From: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/preserving-agency-protecting-religious-freedom?lang=eng

Religious freedom rocks! God Bless America!!!  I love you my peeps.

Week 50 ‘Called to be a District Leader and Bike Crash’

Big news!! I just got called to be a District Leader!  I’m super excited! I think it will be really good for me cuz it will help me get my mind off myself. I still don’t know where I will be, but I’m pretty sure I will still be with Elder Acosta!  My guess is I will stay in the same area.  We’ll find out tonight hopefully!  Other news about this week- during the exchange with Elder Riding, Elder Riding ate it super bad on his bike!  But don’t worry he didn’t get hurt.  It was hilarious though!  We were going from the street to the side walk and the lip of the side walk was bigger than usual. I got up it just fine, but a few seconds later I heard a skid and a crash and I looked back and Elder Riding was on his feet with his hands in the air like he just landed an intense gymnastics trick.  When he hit the lip of the sidewalk he got bucked off his bike and rolled on the ground and then landed on his feet!  It was a pretty busy street so some cars stopped to see if he was ok and I was just cracking up!  But anyways, he ruined his chain so we walked the bikes home and got a member to take us to the bike shop to get it fixed. Good times!

Week 48 ‘Down 10 lbs and Bathroom Cleaner’

Hey people!  It’s been a great week!  Every week just flies by crazy fast it’s ridiculous. And then I sit down at the computer and the whole week just leaves my brain.  I can never remember what the heck we did!!  I just remember that we biked a lot, sweated a lot, visited a ton of awesome people, and drank a ton of water!  This area has been good for me cuz I gained 15 pounds in Alamo and I’ve lost like 10 so far here!  It’s probly all water weight but still!!

We’re working with a lot of super cool people who want to get baptized so we should be having some baptisms coming up soon!  Super pumped!   Elder Acosta is my best friend in the mission.  We’re having a ton of fun together, just laughing 24/7.  We have a lot of great investigators, but it’s been hard to get them to church. We have a goal to baptize one person this month, but there have been some changes in the requirements to baptize, and people have to come to church at least 4 times before they get baptized. So right now we don’t have anyone who’s come to church enough to get baptized this month, but we are really determined to hit our goal. I really want Elder Acosta to feel the amazing spirit of helping someone get baptized.  So we are going to be praying like crazy for a miracle and working really hard to find former investigators and part member families that have been to church enough times to qualify for baptism this month!  Training a new Elder in an area that’s new to both of us has been pretty stressful at times, but it’s been great for me. I’m learning how to manage stress well and just stay positive and enjoy every second of it.
Last Monday we did a dart war with a bunch of other missionaries.  We all got pvc pipes and and nerf darts and played Capture the Flag.  We were like those random African tribes that wreck people with blow darts.  But we weren’t wearing loin clothes so we weren’t quite that  cool.
I used this bathroom cleaner this morning that I think might have chlorine in it cuz it smelled just like the pool. I miss that smell!!

Week 47 ‘My Son and Back in the States’

Wuddup peeps! I cant remember if I already told you about my son, but ya, I have a son! I’m training a new missionary named Elder Acosta, and in the mission when we train someone we them them our son! Elder Acosta is so dope!! We’ve been having a great time in Harlingen. We go to an English church here, which feels so weird after speaking so much Spanish the past few months. I feel like I’m in the states again!!  It’s so different here, we don’t get fed mystery food like roadkill armadillo! But we did see a roadkill armadillo the other day. It was not pretty. It made me realize how crazy it actually is that I ate one of those haha. Me and Elder Acosta are getting in great shape riding bikes all day! Being on bikes has made me realize how many horrible drivers there are in this world. We’ve almost died a few times, but don’t worry we are both still in one piece….for now. Thank goodness the Lord is protecting us. Well other news, some of the other missionaries we work with baptized some peeps this week! It was dope! And we brought some peeps to church and they will be getting baptized at the end of this month! Woot woot!! Super pumped.
Great job getting that new temple on wheels Mama! You should drive that thing to McAllen so all the illegals can do their work! That’s so crazy that Devin and Paige got married, so dope!  Your testimony sounds like it was awesome dad! We need more people like you and Mom in this world! I love you guys!

Week 46 ‘Hirardo Got Baptized’

THATS SO DOPE that Hirardo go baptized!!! And remember when you first starting going with the missionaries to teach Beatris and Satan tried to make you feel like a bad missionary?  Well now you just kicked Satan in the face!! KO!! Kabaam!!  That’s awesome Mama. That’s so cool how awesome you and Dad are with missionary work. That’s where success in missionary work comes from. Every baptism I’ve had so far on my mission has been through a member! That’s how the Lord wants us to do it, and when we do it His way, He blesses us!!  The work is going great here, we found a lot of new investigators last week and we’ve been getting to know the members better. The members are so great here! The other day me and Elder Acosta were super hungry so we called the Sanchez family and asked them if we could stop by and grab a snack, but instead they took us out to Subway! They’re so great.  You and Sister Sanchez would be awesome friends. I’l. have her look you up on fb next time I see her.

Week 45 ‘Elder Acosta and Harlingen’

I’m in a new area now!  Mijo and I are in Harlingen in an English ward. It’s so weird!  I went from ghetto Mexican area to nice white people area. And people feed us white people food here! like pasta and salad and bread! what the heck?? And they don’t feed us ridiculous amounts of it!  White people culture feels so weird to me now!  And we don’t have a car, so we bike all day, it’s so much fun! So with the combination of that and not eating ridiculous amounts of food, I’ve lost like 6 pounds this week. I feel great!

My son’s name is Elder Acosta.  He’s from Spanish Fork, just like Elder Johnson! They know each other, so that’s super cool.  He’s 18 and he just graduated early in January. He’s really funny and full of energy, he’s a ton of fun!  He’s gunnu be really good for me. It’s pretty crazy being the senior companion in an area that neither of us know, especially cuz the last missionaries left us pretty much no notes at all about the work they were doing in this area. So we’re just starting from scratch!  It’s kinda overwhelming but it’s been great, we’ve been having a ton of fun.  We live with two other missionaries, Elders Ward and Alonzo, and the’yre both awesome! Elder Ward is training Elder Alonzo, and they’re both really fun guys.

Week 44 ‘I’m Gonna Be a Daddy!’

Hey People, I have great news. IM GUNNU BE A DADDY!! I received a call from the AP’s (assistants to the president) on Tuesday night and they told me I’ll be training a new missionary this transfer (starting tomorrow)!  In the mission ur first companion is ur dad, so like Elder Anderson was my dad.  And now I’m gunnu be a daddy!!  I’m so pumped! I’ve always wanted a son! We still haven’t heard about transfers though, so me and Elder Johnson don’t know who’s leaving the area, or if we’re both leaving. The dream team is getting broken up 🙁 but its all good, we’ve had so much fun together in good ol’ Alamo for the past 6 months. Time flew by so insanely fast!  But whatever happens, it’s gunnu be an adventure!!

We should find out sometime today.  We have no idea what time though.  The transfers have been coming really late the past few times.  Like last time we found out at like 10:30 on Monday night, so me and Elder Johnson spent the whole day yesterday saying bye to members even though we don’t know who’s leaving haha.  Transfers are cray cray!

Well, we had a crazy week this week, cuz we had meetings in McAllen for 3 days with a bunch of missionaries all over South Texas.  We had like 5 extra guys staying in our apartment. It was super fun!  And as I said, we spent all day yesterday going around and saying bye to all our awesome friends here, even though we don’t know who’s leaving haha.  I love u my peeps!

Week 43 ‘Mother’s Day Skype!’

It was so great to talk to u guys!  And it was very special when I got to talk to just u and dad for a few minutes.  It felt so cool that we can help each other out even though we’re far away!  I love u and dad so much!  I’m really excited to hear what things you’ve been learning.  I’ve learned a ton from my studies too. There are a lot of cool facts and deeper doctrine that I never new about before.  Anyways, its pretty complicated stuff, but it’s super fun to learn about! Here are some random fun facts about Elder Eisenhut:

I cut my own hair now!

I know how to sew a little bit.

I clean my bathroom every week and I make my bed every day (u should be so proud of me haha)!

I love u Mama!