Week 83, ‘Meetings with President Maluenda!’

February 16, 2016

Read ur email Mama! That workout place seems super cool! Way to go girl! What have you been up to this week?

This week was super crazy and awesome. We were in McAllen from Monday til Thursday night. We had meetings with President Maluenda every day from 8 til about 3. I learned so much! He taught us about the importance of using the Book of Mormon when we preach cuz it was specifically written for the “convincing” of these peope at this time. One thing I loved was he did a role play and taught a sister missionary the story in 3rd Nephi 11 and he described everything about the scene so well that we could all imagine that we were really there. But what really impacted me was that he did it with such sincerity and humility that the Spirit filled the room very powerfully. As he testified of the Savior we could truly feel his testimony, not just hear it. After he finished the story, he asked the sister missionary who she knows that is maybe going through a hard time that needs to hear the gospel right now. For the roleplay the sister missionary was playing herself just before her mission. She told President about two people that are very close to her that don’t have the gospel in their lives right now. She is from Utah and pretty much everyone she knows is Mormon, so it was amazing to see that the Spirit could bring people to her mind. It reminded me that everyone, literally everyone, knows someone that needs the gospel and is being prepared to accept it. So many members of the Church here say that they don’t know anyone, or that they’ve already tried sending the missionaries by all of their friends and nobody wants the gospel. They get discouraged about trying to do missionary work. But after seeing that roleplay that President did, Elder Jardine and I have done that exact same thing with 4 different families now, and every time we’ve done it the Spirit brought people to their minds who need us.

Our visit with Sister Cardenas last night was so interesting because after asking her who she knows that we could bless with the gospel, right away she said she hardly ever goes out so she doesn’t know anybody, which is what people usually say here. But after a few seconds she said ‘oh wait!’ and she told us about two different people that she knows that we should go teach. It was super cool to see the Spirit working in her! I realized also that the reason the Spirit has been bringing people to the members minds when we ask is because we are doing it with a sincere desire to find these people, not just because our leaders tell us to ask for referrals in every visit. I’ve been guilty many times of doing it for the second reason, and I’m so glad that I’m learning now to do good things for the right reasons. The gospel is true mi familia! The mission is so awesome, no experience could ever replace it. It’s the best education on Earth! I know that God is our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is our Savior, and I understand that a lot more now than I did before my mission. I love you mi familia! Haha seee ya soon Zach I love you man!

Week 82, ‘Super Busy!’

February 8, 2016

Hey mis Padres I have like 15 minutes cuz we have to head out to McAllen again today. I’ll read ur email really quick! I love you! I love you Mama! Have a good week! I’m doing great! Super busy but i’ll give you a better update next week!

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    Week 81, ‘Weirdest, Craziest, Longest Night of My Mission!’

Week 81, ‘Weirdest, Craziest, Longest Night of My Mission!’

February 1, 2016

How was ur birthday Dad? Are u using a walker yet? Yay Mama! Sorry I was already gone when u sent this last week. It sounds like ur week was awesome! Lots of crazy stuff going on! Ur a spiritual giant Mama. That’s so cool how much u and dad are doing to help TJ! So did she get baptized?

It’s been great week! I don’t have much time cuz I have to go to McAllen for a meeting! My new comp is Elder Jardin and he’s so dope! We had so much fun this week. So Monday night was the weirdest, craziest, longest night of my mission cuz the AP’s told us to get all the missionaries who were getting transferred to a city that’s an hour and a half away at 3:30. So we all got together at 1:30 in the morning and we sent the missionaries who were getting transferred to another church building in Laredo to meet up with everyone else that was getting transferred. I went home and went back to sleep and then I got a call from the missionaries saying no one was at the other church. So long story short the APs were talking about 3:30 PM not 3:30 AM. Woops! When I realized what happened I was laughing so hard! I was so confused cuz when the APs told me 3:30 I asked them if they were talking about 3:30 in the morning and they said yes so they must not have heard me or something! And transfers here are always super weird so meeting up at 3:30 in the morning really didn’t seem that out of the ordinary. Anyways everyone came back home, got a few hours of sleep and then left to their new areas the next day. I felt so dumb but it’s ok cuz it was hilarious. I love you mi familia!

Week 80, ‘My Release Date is July 13th’

January 25, 2016

Hola mis Padres! It’s been a great week! Elder Padron went to McAllen today and he goes home on Wednesday. I’m gunnu mis that fool! He’s so great, he’s like a little Mexican Anton.

We met an awesome family this week. They have been inactive for 20 years and decided they want to start coming back to church so they asked their family who is Mormon how to get in contact with the missionaries, and the family sent us their info. The two daughters who are 20 and 14 haven’t been baptized, or even been to church. We’re excited to start working with them! And Sister Maluenda called me and told me my release date is July 13th. I love you mis Padres! How have you been? Wow that’s an awesome lesson Mama!

Week 79, ‘Martin Luther King Day’

January 18, 2016

Yo familia it’s been a good week! We played football and rugby with the Lavulavu fam for Martin Luther King Day and we played soccer against the Laredo South Zone. Now we’re all super sore! Elder Padron is heading to McAllen on Friday and he will stay there until he goes home on Wednesday. He’s really excited and nervous and sad to go home. I can’t think of anything to talk about. The mission is great though!

That’s so weird to think that julie is 17! I haven’t seen Melissa since Christmas. She seemed like she was doing great when I saw her though! I got my Christmas package and set up the tree and we all had hot chocolate. Thanks a ton Mama! And I read ur conversion story! It is so awesome! Would it be ok with you if I share it with people? I think it could help people a lot. I love you Mama!

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Week 78, ‘Stay Focused & Do Everything We Can!’

January 11, 2016

Hola familia! Glad to hear everyone’s doing great! I’ll be praying for ur trial Dad. U got this! I’m doing great! It’s been a crazy day. We got up at 5:10am to play soccer, then did studies til 10:30, then washed the truck and cleaned the house, then dropped clothes off at the dry cleaners, then worked on some paper work that we had to send to the mission office, now we’re emailing, and then we’re gunnu shop, eat at Dominos cuz I have a gift card, play capture the flag with the other missionaries, and then get to work at 6! There’s always so much to do it’s great!

It’s been a great week. We went to McAllen on Monday and I worked with Elder Johnson that night! Tuesday morning we got up at 5 to go to the gym, then we had a meeting from 8 to around 3. We reported the goal we had for the number of baptisms in our zone for the month of December and the amount that we actually had. President Maluenda talked to us about the importance of being examples for all the missionaries in our zone. He promised us that if we stay focused and do everything we can to hit our goals, the Lord will make it happen. I love President Maluenda a ton. I always learn so much from him. We got back to Laredo Tuesday night around 8. From Wednesday to Friday we did a zone exchange! We moved one missionary from each companionship to a different area. It was a fun change of pace and got everyone excited to go out and make miracles happen! We found a lot of awesome new investigators! I worked with Elder Watchorn in his area. He is a greenie and he’s a ton of fun. An investigator named Miguel came to church for his second time this week. We are working with him to get baptized this month!

And dad, I’m still doing my Fearless Mind every day! My objective is to be animado y caritativo (excited and charitable). I love you mis padres! I love you Mommy! ps ur pro missionaries!

Mama you should be friends with the Lavulavu family on Facebook! I don’t know their first names but they’re related to the Sorges so you can ask them. They are so awesome! I gotta go. I love you!

Week 77, ‘Guy From Honduras!’

January 4, 2016

Cool doggy! So does it always stay inside? The pic above is when we served free food at Christmas! I don’t have much time today cuz we have to head down to McAllen for a meeting. We had a great week! We got to watch Polar Express for New Year’s Eve. We watched it at President Solis’s house, the same place that we Skyped at.

I did an exchange with an elder named Elder Hawkins this week and we talked to a guy on the street who’s from Honduras. He was super funny and talked a ton. We hardly got to say anything cuz every time we started to talk he would cut us off and start blabbing on again about random stuff. It was super funny. But he said he wanted to come to church, and then he came yesterday! It was a cool miracle.

Last night we visited the Lavulavu family who are related to Sister Sorge and I did my ‘Craig vs. Wild’ impression for them and Elder Padron did his impression of Juan Vines. The girls know who that is. We were all cracking up!

So we’re heading down to McAllen today and I’m gunnu work with Elder Johnson tonight! I’m pumped! And tomorrow we will have a meeting and then get home probly around 8 ish on Tuesday. I love you mi familia! Oh Sister Hewett just texted me and said my package got there! Thanks a ton!

Week 76, ‘President Lavulavu!’

December 28, 2016

Hey peeps! We had a great Christmas! On Monday a lot of us missionaries went Christmas caroling with the Lavulavu family. President Lavulavu is the leader of the English congregation here, and he’s Tongan, but he dressed up in Texas clothes and looked like a huge Mexican!

On Tuesday we went down to McAllen for a Christmas party with all the missionaries in the mission! McAllen is 3 hours away from Laredo, and the Solis family took us all the way there and waited for us all day and then took us home. They’re amazing! At the party we watched a slideshow of pics that missionaries had sent in throughout the year and we did a white elephant gift exchange and ate food and did Christmas skits and probly did other stuff but I forget.

On Thursday we had a zone meeting and everybody got to smash shaving cream into their companion’s face. It was good stuff. And we had to go home at 6pm instead of 9 so we just hung out in the apartment and talked and chilled. And on Christmas I got to Skype the fam! Woohoo!

P.S. Below are pics of President Lavulavu’s kids and our shaving cream fight.

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Week 75, ‘Sister Stanfill + Transfer to Ladero North!’

December 21, 2015

Hey Mama! We are planning to Skype at 6pm on Christmas but we aren’t sure yet. When we figure it out I will have someone let you guys know. I got transferred to Laredo North, I’m a zone leader now with Elder Padron! He’s from Mexico and he learned English on his mission. This is his last transfer so he will be home in 5 weeks! He’s awesome we’re having a lot of fun together. So as zone leaders we lead two districts, and each one has 4 companionships in it. We help the district leaders to lead their districts. So I have a lot of responsibility now! It’s been super fun, we’re always on the go! I love it cuz there is so much to do so it’s impossible to be bored! And don’t worry about the Christmas gift Mama I know I’ll get it soon! I saw Melissa in Mc Allen when I got transferred! It was so awesome to see her. I was so pumped! We took a pic so I’ll send it to you. I love you Mama!

Hey errbody It’s Elder Eisenhut! I hope you’re all feeling the awesome Christmas spirit! So I just got transferred again, I’m in Laredo now with my boy Elder Padron. This is his last transfer so he will be home in 5 weeks! He’s from Mexico and learned English on his mission. He has a ton of energy and he’s hilarious! Also I got so see my homie Sister Melissa Stanfill!!! She’s my homie from back home and she just got sent to serve in this mission, it’s so crazy!

Let’s see what else happened this week… we went to two different church Christmas parties this week, one for a Spanish ward and one for an English ward. We got a ton of leftover food and we didn’t know what to do with it all, so last night we went to downtown Laredo and set up all the food on a table and held up a ‘free food’ sign and a bunch of people came and got food! We talked with them and told them about what we do as missionaries and gave them our info and it was super fun! Most of the people we met live in Mexico cuz we were literally like 100 yards away from the bridge that leads into Mexico. I forgot we were in the U.S. for a second!

Also, today the zone leaders from Laredo South called me and told me that a lady named Maria who I taught when I was in Zapata is in the hospital here in Laredo and she’s looking really bad. She got baptized after I left Zapata, but she didn’t get to receive the Holy Ghost yet cuz she had to go to the hospital. So the missionaries from Zapata came to Laredo to visit her in the hospital and I went with them and I got to give her the gift of the Holy Ghost. Well peeps, I love you all. Have a great Christmas, and even more important than that help someone else to have a great Christmas!

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Week 74, ‘Wedding, Baptism & Great Christmas Advice!’

December 14, 2015

Yo! Glad Katie had a good B-day. So she’s 17 now?? That’s so weird!

Hunter told me about seeing Derek; that’s so awesome! Did you guys get to see him? And that’s so cool that you guys had a missionary lesson in your house. You guys are such awesome missionaries! I’m super pumped to do missionary work when I get home. It’s super fun!

The past few weeks there’s been some young men who have been coming out and working with us on the bikes sometimes and it’s super fun. And these pics are of some of Elder Faris and Gollosos’ investigators. They’re of their wedding just before their baptism.

Christmas season can be super crazy I know, but don’t worry, don’t sweat the small stuff! Christmas is an awesome opportunity to not just remember Christ, but to follow His example. I remember in an interview I had with President Maluenda, I told him that I was getting stressed and he told me that if I started feeling down I need to take a step back and think of how I can serve others. When I’m serving others I don’t have time to feel bad about myself! It’s awesome! This week Elder Buzan and I made cookies and delivered them to different members who have helped us a lot. It made them feel great, and we felt great too! You will feel the Savior by your side as you think of little simple things that you can do to help other people have a good Christmas. And for Christmas gifts I can’t think of anything right now but I will try to think of something. I love you guys!

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