Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holies Criolies

Welp, another exciting week in the mission has already passed by, zoinks! This week was actually pretty busy. When Presidente comes to town the week is always busy. This week we had our, always exciting, interviews. Usually Presidente teaches us something about the daily planner, or preach my gospel or something like that, but this time he gathered the whole zone together, and told us that if we needed to confess something now was the time to do it, and then he said he wasn't going to send anyone home. I'm pretty sure like half the mission came out crying. But ya, those were pretty good. 
We also had exchanges this week, I stayed here with Elder Duran from Fresnos, and my companion went with Elder Hernandez. I always enjoy a good old exchange. It's nice to be with a different missionary and to be able to learn from them and see what things they're doing. We also went out for tacos afterwards but thanks to the evil one, everyone got sick and my companion was dying in his bed for about a day. After that we had an exciting leadership meeting. And after that there was a multizone leadership meeting by president, but pretty much the sister training leaders just ended up talking a bunch, and Presidente hardly got the chance to talk, oh brother. Zip the lip..... Nah just kidding, I'm sure it was inspired and was what we needed. Today for P-day the sister training leaders wanted to play basketball, so we played basketball, and you'll be happy to know that all of my basketball skills have gone out the window. It was a sad sight seen by all. 
So this week I've been thinking of a phrase that I heard from I don't know where. "It's better to offend man than to offend God" I think we could avoid a bunch of dumb mistakes if we remember that. Especially in the mission, I've noticed that a bunch of missionaries are afraid to "tell on their companions" or to say no, because they're more worried about what their companion is going to say or think than what the Lord thinks. And I think a lot of the time we get worried about living the gospel or trying to share it with others because we are worried about what the other people will think. If we could put off the natural man, and stop thinking about ourselves and about what other people think, and instead start to think about what God thinks, I think it would be a lot easier to have a clear perspective about life and to make good decisions. So I hope we can remember that and have a great week!
Love elder webb 
Ah man I forgot my camera again

Monday, October 9, 2017

Puro trabajo

Howdy amigos,
This week was pretty good, actually this week was 100% work, which has been great. This week we had a few youth who are preparing to go on mission accompany us, and also a few return missionaries. It was funny to see the difference between the two. Those who were preparing to go on a mission were super nervous in the lessons and didn't know what to share, and the return missionaries were cool and confident, full of the Spirit. It reminded me of when I was preparing to go on a mission, I wish I would have learned more things, and spent more time serving others and sharing the gospel. Serving a mission is tough stuff, but it's also an incredible learning experience.
Anyway, we spent most of the week searching for new people to teach, and we were able to find a lot of interesting people. On Tuesday I think, we found and went to visit a man named Fransisco who had listened to the missionaries more than 10 years ago. He told us that he had a testimony of the Book of Mormon and that he knew that it was true, but because of his work he never got the chance to be baptized, and he didn't understand what it truly meant to have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Later in the week we found another family who had learned a little about the church and the Book of Mormon. They told us that they are Catholics forever, and are never going to change their religion. We also focused on the Book of Mormon and they told us they never read it to know if it is true.
I was thinking in our own lives and in the lives of everyone, it's so important to have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. If someone has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and if they really know what it means to have a testimony, then they know which way to go. I really liked the talks in general conference about President Monson's talk about the Book of Mormon, and was impressed to see our leaders going above and beyond with this challenge. I've tried to read the Book of Mormon every day in my mission, and I've seen great blessing as I've read it. I was reading my mission setting apart blessing, and in the blessing it says that I'll be blessed with a great love for the Book of Mormon, and it's true, I do indeed love the Book of Mormon, and I know that we receive great strength and knowledge as we read it everyday. I testify that the church of Jesus Christ has been restored, Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God, he restored all the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and God's priesthood authority that we need to be able to return to live with God, and by that same authority he translated the Book of Mormon. I know that President Monson is God's chosen prophet today and that he guides the church under the direction of Jesus Christ. I promise that if we live the Gospel and keep the commandments we will find great joy in this life, and we will return to live with out Heavenly Father, and receive all of his promised blessings. In the name of Jesus Christ. amen

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Zoinks

Welp there's not much time,.. sorry for not writing y'all personally, but I just wanted to let you all know that we had a pretty good first week here in San Luis. I think Presidente has been sending me to areas to fix them, there are pretty much no investigators here. But we were able to find a lot of new people that will hopefully progress, and the good new is that we'll probably have a baptism in 2 weeks, woo hoo.
The members here are nice, the area's flat, nice weather, seems like a nice place. In other exciting news this week I had the opportunity to eat menudo for the first time, just imagine you're eating a nice piece of steak, but then you get to a big old piece of gristle, then you take that big old piece of gristle chop it up and put it in a red soup that tastes like lemons, then you eat it, wakala!
Let's see what else, oh the conference was super awesome, it was the first time that I watched all 5 actually 6, I saw the womens session too, in Spanish. I have to tell you, it just wasn't the same, I missed hearing the voices of our dear leaders. It was still spiritual and everything and I learned a lot, but it just wasn't the same. I dunno there's something different about Elder Holland calling you to repentance, than the voice of some who knows who.
Today for P-day we went bowling and you'll be happy to know that I won. Welp, I hope everyone has a great week
Lots of love-
Elder Webb

Monday, September 25, 2017

I bounced out

Well, another exciting week has passed by here in the great mission of Aguascalientes, and another transfer has come to an end. And I am now in my 5th area, in the great city of San Luis Potosí, and the Popular ward, with Elder Diaz, who is from an island in Mexico and has 15 months out here. I'm thinking this will be my last area. Pretty exciting. I've never actually been in Aguascalientes, in the city, but so far my favorite part in the mission is San Luis, and I'm glad to be back.
Elder Diaz seems like a great missionary, and I think it should be a great transfer. It was kind of a bummer to leave Guadalupe, especially considering the fact that the Solis family is getting baptized next week, but I was also happy to go. I feel like the Lord really blessed us in Guadalupe, when I first showed up there was nada! But poco a poco the area started to change, and when I left there was a lot of fruit, I think it was the area where I've done more, and where I saw the biggest change.
Other than los cambios, this week was pretty normal, the Solis family made it out to church, the Bishop invited us to eat ice cream, and the Sisters had a baptism, and I also saw the Sister session from general conference.
Speaking of that, who's excited to see the General Conference? (Elder Webb raises his hand) What's better than hearing the voice of the profet of the Lord, and his chosen apostles? I'm excited, and I'm pretty sure Mexico is excited because I'm pretty sure they think that the profet is going to announce when the 2nd coming is going to happen. Hmm I'm pretty sure I spelled profet wrong.. whatever. Anyways I don't have much time, but I hope everyone has a great week, and that everyone enjoys General Conference.
Love-
Elder Webb

Elder Diaz in the flesh

Monday, September 18, 2017

¡Viva México!!

Happy 16th of September to all. What's on the 16th of September, you might ask? Independence Day in Mexico, boo yah! I have to say this year there was a lack of patriotism here in Mexico. There weren't even any fireworks at night, or maybe I was too busy sleeping. From what I have observed Mexico celebrates it's independence by drinking a few boozes, throwing a fiesta, and setting up one of those big drop towers in the middle of Zacatecas. Pretty exciting. I was gonna buy a Mexican flag, but then there wasn't any time.. maybe next year.
In other exciting new, this week we had our always exciting ward conference here in Guadalupe, preceded by three days of activities. In our ward conference you'll be happy to know that only one member opposed the Bishop in the sustaining votes. We're making good progress. I'm sure it's a problem in the whole world, but man, here in Guadalupe there's a lot of members that need to get a testimony that their local leaders are called by God. There were several members that boycotted the ward conference because they didn't want to sustain their leaders.. oh brother, you showed them. I personally am very grateful for the local leaders in Alpine, talk about super awesome!
Anywho, other than that the work continues here in the Aguascalientes mission. Jeovanni is still going strong, and the Solis family is progressing towards being baptized, actually they had a baptismal date for this coming Saturday, but Satanás foiled our plans by distracting the Solis family with the 16th of September, and tempting them to not go to church. Womp, womp, womp. So hopefully they'll be ready to go after General Conference.
This week I have been studying our heritage, and I'm amazed by the example of the pioneers, I'm especially amazed by all the sacrifices that they made in order to establish Zion. Brigham Young showed up to Kirtland without a pair of shoes or pants to his name. And I think there's a lot we can learn from their example in order to be able to establish Zion in our lives. Small sacrifices for the Lord's sake bring great blessings. Just think about that, the next time you feel a little selfish, upset, or confused. And have a great week!
Love-Elder Webb

Oops, no action shots this week

Monday, September 11, 2017

oh nor, we're done fir here in mexico

Olo Familia and friends,
How goes it on the homestead? Here on the Mexican front we have rain, more rain, and tacos er derp rain. According to local news reporters.. or Brother G there have been like 3 hurricanes and the 2nd coming is going to happen any minute. In fact he spoke this week in Church and said "I was supposed to talk about faith, but I feel inspired to talk about the signs of the second coming"... later followed a bunch of stuff, oh brother. So y'all better watch out now. But in case you were concerned, everything is all good here. In fact we now have blue skies and sunshine.
In other exciting news, this week was pretty good. We had the always exciting multi-zone conference with Presidente Hernandez. The quality of these meetings gets better every time. Last time that snack was a yogurt, but this time they brought doughnuts. Yes, we are moving up in the world. There are great things in store for this mission.
On Monday we had an interesting family home evening with the Hermanas. We went to visit some less actives.. actually, inactives, whose son (who is 25 years old) is hyperactive. While we were learning about charity, the pure love of Christ, the hyperactive boy, decided it would be a good idea to whip off his shirt and show us his chest tattoo and enormous belly. After we scraped the sisters jaws off the ground, the electricity which had been turned off for like 3 days came back on. Jose jumped out of his chair and ran as fast as he could to turn off the light which was then followed by some spankings from his elderly mother, a musical number by him, and some hot dogs. It was a pretty action packed night if you ask me.
Other than that everything is going good, aún Sion prospera. Anyway, here's a scripture I like 1 Samuel 16:7- "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart". I think we should always try to emulate the Savior's example. It's easy to judge people by their outward appearance, it's easy to see their errors and mistakes, and it's easy to see them as the world would have them be. I've learned to we we see others as the Lord see's them, we we look upon the heart, we recognize their potencial to become like him. Likewise we should do the same with ourselves. Don't look on your outward appearance. See the great plan that God has for you, don't be so hard on yourself, but always remember and strive to be what the Lord would have you be. Your are his child and he wants you to become like him. I hope that we may be more like Christ each day. Lets do a little more, let's be a little better. I hope everyone has a fantastic week. I love and pray for you each day
Love Elder Webb



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

im having a lot of technical difficulties, we'll see if this arrives, if theres no picture, sorry

Well. another good week has already passed by. I can say that this was by far one of the busiest weeks of my whole life. But  also this week was probably the week that I have done the least amount of proselyting in my whole mission. So Monday was P-day. I don't remember what we did but in the afternoon we went to visit Jeovanni. We taught him the last few things before his baptism, and he and his family gave us the green light for the baptism. The rest of the week we were preparing everything for the baptism, which was Saturday, woo hoo.
Later on Tuesday we had intercambios. Somehow I ended up with Elder Smith again. Me and my companion both went to their area to work there, so we didn't do anything in our area. But at night we played Monoply and I dominated. Actually I came in 3rd place out of 4 womp, womp, womp. I'm pretty the Spanish version of Monopoly is rigged. Anyway, Wednesday was normal I'm pretty sure, but then on Thursday they told us they were going to reopen Ojocaliente a rancho out in the boonies it's like Calvillo,  so on Thursday we had to haul all their stuff out there. On Friday we took the new missionaries out to their area. El poderoso Elder Baquiax mi hijo unigénito is going to be out there. Oh and on Friday we had Jeovannis baptismal interview, but he could only do it at 7 in the morning, so the zone leaders came to stay they night. And don't worry we ate pizza and played card games.
Then Saturday we headed over to the church to fill up the font, and later that afternoon was Jeovannis baptism. I don't know why but Satan is always working hardcore before peoples baptisms. The baptism was supposed to be at 7, but at like 6:59 Jeovanni called us and said that they were on their way to the church, but suddenly their car stopped working, so an hermano went to pick them up. His car has 5 seats, and when they arrived there were like 10 people in the car it was hilarious. He also arrived late to his confirmation, but other than that everything went well.
Uh I was reading a while back in Thessalonians 5: 2-4 which says "for yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night, for when they shall say, peace and safety; the sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape, but ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." The coming of the Lord gets closer everyday. If the Lord were to come tomorrow, would we be ready? If not I'd hope that we would make the changes necessary to be ready, because ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a theif. I hope everyone has a great week, and that everyday we can become more like Christ.
Love Elder Webb