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    Week 91, ‘A Baptism + Struggling w/ Same-gender Attraction.’

Week 91, ‘A Baptism + Struggling w/ Same-gender Attraction.’

April 11, 2016

Howdy from South Texas! It’s been a great week. Yesterday Elder Herrin and I got to go to Zapata to baptize a guy named Paul, who we taught when we were there 5 months ago. After I left Zapata Paul’s wife and son got baptized, so he was the last one. Now the whole family is on the path! Woohoo! It was a super funny baptism cuz this guy is HUUUGE. Like MUY grande. I’d say he’s a good 450 pounds. He’s a big boy. We walked far into the lake so the water was up to our belly buttons so that we didn’t have to tip him back very far. We each took a side of him and did a heroic mega-lunge and somehow got him down and back up with no problems. We felt like champions after that.

Also a cool miracle we saw this week was we were looking at a list of less active members of the Church and Elder Jardine felt really strongly that we needed to visit a certain person who was on the list. So we went there and that person wasn’t home, but their dad was there and didn’t have time to talk but he told us his neighbor could probly use a visit. So we went to the neighbor and her name is Natalie and she’s been receiving a lot of signs from God lately that its time to straighten out her life and follow Him, so she just poured out her heart to us and told us about her struggles and doubts and fears about God. She even told us that she feels unworthy to go to Church because she struggles with same-gender attraction. We helped her understand that we are all tempted in different ways, like some people feel tempted to drink alcohol and do drugs and others are tempted to get angry and be rude to people. Feeling tempted is not a sin, but acting on those temptations is a sin. We taught her about the atonement and testified to her that Jesus Christ loves her the way she is right now and can help her overcome her temptations. She felt the Holy Spirit very strong and decided to work toward being baptized and starting fresh. It was so cool to feel that God guided us to find her and then guided us to know what to say to help her. Have an awesome week peeps!

Mama and Dad, I love how you guys said ur missionary efforts have increased since I’ve been out. Y’all are stud missionaries! You could keep praying for the same people I sent you before, and for Natalie. U r so awesome! I love you!

bren's miss zapata baptism big man group

Week 90, ‘A Prayer for Food.’

April 4, 2016

Salutations humans! We had an awesome week! Elder Jardine and I made a legit rap for our zone we’ll have to record it and get rich.

One awesome miracle was that I was super hungry so I prayed to find some food and right after I prayed a lady waved us down and gave us some money to go get food! She is a member of the church but she hasn’t come in years, and when I told her that I had just been praying for food right before she came she was shocked! She called us the next day and told us that when I told her that, she felt a great feeling and she invited us over for dinner and asked us to bless her twin baby girls. We had dinner at her parents house, who are active members of the church. They bore testimony to her that her Heavenly Father loves her and that He is waiting for her to come back, all she has to do is reach out to Him. She cried as we blessed the babies, and she was very grateful that we came. It was so crazy to see how Heavenly Father made us cross paths right when we needed her and she needed us! So awesome!

We also had some really good meetings this week. We had a meeting with President Maluenda in McAllen on Thursday and then on Friday we had a meeting with all the missionaries in North Laredo. We had their parents send us voicemails talking about the blessings they have received as their child has been out serving a mission. Everyone felt the Holy Spirit very strong and there were a lot of tears. All the missionaries shared their thoughts and feelings after and they were all reminded of why they came out here on a mission in the first place and they were pumped to go serve everyone they can!

Thanks for ur voicemail Mama and Dada! I love you! Elder Holland’s talk was my favorite. It was a good “we got this” talk. We haven’t had contact with that man (that got thrown in the Rio Grande) but we will call him and see if we can find him again. I love you Pops!

I love you Mommy thanks for ur awesome voicemail! Thanks for the Easter gift! I got a bunny, book, grass, Toblerone, and chocolate eggs. Thanks Mama! I’m out of time but I’ve been doing really good. I’m hugging you in my mind!

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    Week 89, ‘Man Beaten & Left For Dead in the Rio Grande.’

Week 89, ‘Man Beaten & Left For Dead in the Rio Grande.’

March 28, 2016

Hey Peeps! It’s ur boy Elder Eisenhut. I hope y’all had a great Easter! We sure did, we ate a lot of meat and cake and then went to another house and ate a lot of meat and cake and then we died. Except we didn’t actually die. We just felt like we were going to because our stomachs were threatening to explode. I now understand what Holly must feel like carrying that baby around!

So earlier this week we had a very sad but cool experience. A man walked up to us on the street and asked us if we had any shoes he could use. He was really beat up, he was bleeding on his head and arms and chest and his socks were shredded up and he was limping. He told us that just a little while before he was in Mexico and some members of a powerful drug cartel kidnapped him and some of his extended family that he was with. They beat him until they thought he was dead and then threw him in the Rio Grande River, which divides the U.S. and Mexico. He somehow got enough strength to cross the river over to the U.S. side and soon after was when he ran into us. So we walked with him to the store to buy him some shoes and in the mean time I gave him my shoes. Tt was a 15-20 minute walk so we had time to talk to him and learn more about what happened and about his life story. He’s a really good, humble, hardworking man, and I was amazed because he was actually very positive even after all he had been through. We got him his shoes and talked a little bit more. He cried a little bit, thinking that his family members that he was with were probably all dead. We testified to him about God’s plan for us to be with our families after this life. He was very very grateful, and couldn’t thank us enough.

That experience humbled me a lot. I felt an overwhelming peace, and I remembered how much I think of myself and how many awesome blessings I have that I take for granted. I thought about all the times that I’ve just gone through the motions as a missionary, not really focusing on how to bless the lives of everyone around me. Through that experience God reminded me that I’m here in Texas to do exactly what Jesus Christ himself would do if He were here personally. It changed my attitude and my outlook on missionary work and life in general, and I will always be so grateful for that! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are awesome!

I love you dad! Natalia Vichareli set her own goal to be baptized on april 24th! It was a huge miracle! Thanks for the prayers. I know that helped a ton. We have been struggling to make contact with the other families but we are going to try by again tonight. I love you Mama!

Week 88, ‘People You Could Pray For!’

March 21, 2016

Dang that sounds like a crazy trial! I know you’ll win though, no one ever stands a chance against my Dada! I’ll be praying for you for sure. There’s lots of great people you could pray for!

– Carla and her family. Their 3 year old daughter died in a car crash 3 weeks ago so they are having a really tough time.

– Luis is a 22 year old guy with a girlfriend and a child with her. He wants to understand who God is and have a relationship with him. We’ve been struggling to get him to come to church so you could pray for that as well 😀

– The Vichareli family. The two parents got baptized 20 years ago and soon after went inactive but they’ve been coming back lately. We baptized the 14 year old daughter, Christhie, but they haven’t come to church since her baptism because of different things. The 21 year old daughter Natalie is scared to get baptized but we don’t know why. We are trying to help them all become more converted so that they can eventually be sealed in the temple.

My most spiritual experience this week was meeting Carla and her family. Even though they are going through a really hard time they have amazing attitudes and they are staying positive for their kids. A member from the church, Sister Pacheco, came to the visit with us and cried as she testified of the restored gospel. The Spirit was super strong! I love you familia!

Mama I’m hugging you in my mind! I love you mis Padres!

Week 87, ‘A New Sister In Our Zone!’

March 14, 2016

Hey Peeps! Lots of crazy things going on in Tmec! This week has been great! I survived through transfers. I’m staying in Laredo with Elder Jardine. And we got a new sister in our zone you might have heard of her, her name is SISTER STANFILL!!!! Heck ya! Sister Stanfill and I have been homies since 5th grade. I’m so pumped to be here with her! It’s so weird! And we serve in the same branch! She gave her first talk in Spanish this week and she did awesome. She’s basically Mexicana.

But anywho, Elder Jardine and I made a goal to talk to every possible person we could, and we saw some great miracles! On Thursday it was poring rain and we were on bikes so we were completely soaked all day it felt so good though! A random couple actually stopped and gave us a ride so that was awesome!

We talked to tons of different people who were really nice but none of them wanted to listen to the message we have. Near the end of the evening there was a guy standing out on his porch and I was exhausted so I almost ignored him but thank goodness Elder Jardine stopped me and we went and talked to him. His name is Luis and he’s a young guy with a wife and baby. He’s always believed in God but he doesn’t really know who He is, and he really wanted to find out. So we had an awesome talk with him and he’s really excited to learn more! That taught me that it’s pretty pointless to work super hard for a long time and then just give up at the end. If we’d just kept riding we would never have been able to help him!

Other news, I learned a new language this week. It’s called Japaspanglish. The Herrera family fed us dinner and the wife is from Japan and the husband is from Mexico so the whole time they were speaking a mix of English, Spanish and Japanese. It blew my mind haha! Dad if you and me combine our knowledge we can become Japaspanglish experts!

I love you peeps and I love the Lord and His work. The mission is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I haven’t always loved it, but I’ve learned through this experience that attitude really is everything. In the times when I didn’t love my mission it was because I chose not to love it, and the reason I love my mission now is because I choose to love it every day! Choose happiness people!!

That’s so crazy that Devin Woodside is a member! I remember him from Great Oak. That’s legit!

Awkward missionary pics (Below). Girls are yucky!

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Week 86, ‘Baptism!’

March 7, 2016

Hey Peeps! It’s been a great week. We baptized Christhie, one of the daughters in a family that stopped coming to church 20 years ago! Now they are all back, it’s so cool!

Well my life is a blurr and I probly have alzheimers (I don’t know how to spell it). I don’t know what happened this week, but the mish is great… lot’s of souls to be saved. Transfers are coming up this week but we still haven’t heard who’s leaving. We brought a ukulele out to work and sang to some random people on the street so that was fun. I’m sorry people I’m gunnu have a serious talk with my brain and tell it to start remembering my life. But for now all I remember is God loves you all, Jesus Christ is our Savior, and Life is awesome.

Week 85, ‘I got to touch the Rio Grande!’

February 29, 2016

Hey Peeps its ur boy Elder Eisenhut, or as most people same my name here, Elder IcyHot. I hope you all had an awesome week. I got to work with Elder Moss in Rio Bravo for a few days this week. It’s a super tiny town and we had a lot of fun. I got to touch the Rio Grande! We talked to this super cool guy named Ismael. At first he wasn’t very interested in churchy type stuff but after a while he allowed us to sit down and talk with him. We had a super cool lesson with him and by the end his whole demeanor completely changed! He was really interested and said that he really wants to come to church and check it out. He told us that he had never allowed missionaries to teach him before, but this time he felt a peace and felt that what we were saying was true. It was awesome to see that he felt the Holy Spirit!

On a less serious note, I also worked with Elder Gallegos this week, and we were biking and he looked back at me and while he was looking back he smashed into the curb and ate it super hard in the dirt it was hilarious. He didn’t get hurt so it’s all good. I was laughing super hard haha. And this week Elder Young slammed his front brakes and flipped over his handle bars and smashed his face on the pavement so now he looks like Two Face from batman. He’s fine though. I love you peeps!

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    Week 84, ‘Heavenly Father Loves His Daughters/Miracles!’

Week 84, ‘Heavenly Father Loves His Daughters/Miracles!’

February 22, 2016

Yesterday in Relief Society we shared part of the talk, “Living the Gospel Joyful” by Elder Uchtdorf. You should read it. It’s awesome! We shared the last section that talks about how much Heavenly Father loves his daughters. I told all the ladies how much I love my Mama, and a lot of them were crying. I love you Mama! I’m doin great! Staying nice and busy!

Howdy Peeps! It’s ur boy elder Eisenhut. Life is great here in Laredo, Texas. Lots of Spanglish, carne, and bigotes. This week has been super awesome! Last week on Monday we had a laser tag war! Some members of the Church gave us like 20 laser tag guns to use, it was pretty legit.

We saw tons of miracles this week. One of them was that the Assistants to the Mission President (AP’s) called us on Friday and told us that we had to get all 16 of our missionaries down to McAllen the next morning at 8:30. McAllen is 3 hours from Laredo, and we have a limited amount of miles that we get to use every month in our cars, so none of the cars had enough miles left to get to McAllen and back. So we went crazy calling people to beg them for rides and after a while 4 different people offered to take us all down. The 4 cars combined had the exact amount of seats we needed to get all of us down, so we were so grateful!

Another miracle was we found the Mendoza family. They are friends of the Solis family, who are members of the Church. We shared with them the story in 3rd Nephi 11 from the Book of Mormon when Jesus visits the people in America after His resurrection. He invites them all to come unto Him one by one and feel the prints of the nails in His hands and to know that He is their Savior. That’s my favorite story in the Book of Mormon because I love to imagine myself meeting the Savior and giving him a big hug! After we read the story the little 8 year old boy, Eddie, said “when you were reading that story I felt something weird!” he said he felt a happy, tingly sensation. We explained to him that that was the Holy Spirit, whose job is to testify of truth. Everyone in the family said they felt the Spirit and they are very excited to learn more!

Another miracle we saw was the other day we were riding our bikes and Elder Jardine felt very strongly like we should go talk to these people that were sitting outside their apartment. After introducing ourselves the man told us he’s a member of our Church but he hasn’t gone for a very long time. His girlfriend isn’t a member, and we had a really awesome lesson with them. During the lesson the man told us about how 20 years ago he joined the Church because he prayed and asked God if this is His true Church, and he felt very powerful feelings from the Holy Spirit that told him it was true. It was so cool to see that he still remembers those feelings that he had, even though he doesn’t go to Church now. Well people, God is real, Jesus Christ is our Savior, and life is awesome. Nuff said. I love you my peeps!

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!