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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Howdy Friends

Howdy friends,
Welp it's been another busy and exciting week. We had interviews with Presidente and finally after like 8 months I had an interview with him, and not his wife, Sister Hernandez. When I walked into the room, he said Elder Webb it's so good to talk to you again.. in person! So that was genial . Govanni and his family made it out to church, and if everything goes well he should be baptized this Saturday, the family Solis is also progressing well, but the parents still have to get married so we'll see what happens, also in these last weeks Luz, and Perla have made it to church too. I feel like to Lord has magnified our efforts, and have been blessed to see a lot of progress.
Today for P-day we played Monopoly with Elder Smith (from the CCM). And it was super rigged, I'm pretty sure the dice were broken because the whole time I landed on 1 property that wasn't already bought, but some how I came in 4th place out of 6. Anyways as school is starting and all that I have a thought. I think a lot of the time the youth and those going back to school get caught up in being cool, and fitting in. A lot of kids waste their time in activities that could be better spent doing something else, and some get confused and even lose their way. I would just like to invite everyone to be an example of the believers, and to stand in holy places. The world gets more sketchy every day, but Christ has said, 'fear not, for I have over come the world'. This week I noticed something interesting here in Zacatecas, this week a bunch of people put up a bunch of invitations on every single light post with a very inappropriate picture. I was surprised to see that only a few days later the inappropriate part had been torn off of almost every invitation, and was glad to know that there are a lot of people that have high standards and a belief in Christ.
I hope we can be a little more Christlike, lets be a little kinder, lets serve a little more, I know that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He should be the center of our lives, please make it happen, and have a wonderful week.
Love Elder Webb

Monday, August 21, 2017

what eclipse?

Ya I'm pretty sure brother Da Luna lied to us, or Mexico got confused or something, because at 12 there was no eclipse to be seen, what a rip off. But at least this was a good week. Geovanni didn't make it out to church, so we'll have to postpone his baptism. We haven't actually seen him in this week, they said they had to leave so I don't really happened there.
But the good news is that the whole Soliz family made it out to church. Before only the parents were coming, but now all 4 of em made it out, plus another lady, boo yah. The area is really coming along. When I first got here it was by far the worst area in Zacatecas, but now it's the most productive. We don't have a ton of investigators, but the ones we have are progressing muy bien.
Well I can't think of anything else to say so I'm gonna put this here:
In the quiet misty morning
When the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing
And the sky is clear and red,
When the summer's ceased its gleaming
When the corn is past its prime,
When adventure's lost its meaning -
I'll be homeward bound in time
Bind me not to the pasture
Chain me not to the plow
Set me free to find my calling
And I'll return to you somehow
If you find it's me you're missing
If you're hoping I'll return,
To your thoughts I'll soon be listening,
And in the road I'll stop and turn
Then the wind will set me racing
As my journey nears its end
And the path I'll be retracing
When I'm homeward bound again.
:) Everyone always says the second year passes by faster and it's true. I don't want you to think that I've been thinking about going home and all that, because I haven't. I hope to be able to serve the Lord with all I have.
I hope everyone has a great week, besitos-
Love Elder Webb
El poderoso Baquiax is back in my zone

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Si yo fuera una hermana, este sería mi ultimo cambio

Howdy yall,
Well another transfer has gone by. Today we had cambios, or better said we didn't have cambios haha. Me and elder Adrian will be here in Guadalupe for another cambio. boo yah. The good news is that it's very likely that we are going to have a baptism in this transfer. Govanni didn't make it out this week to church, but is still committed to the 26th of august, also that Soliz Family is making good progress, and there's some other new people coming out of the nowhere. And who knows maybe we'll baptize my companion again too, haha just kidding.
You know when I started my mission it was like I have to baptize people for me, so that I can be cool and all that. But now it's not anything like that, I've come to love the people here in Mexico. Everything is for them now, I want them to receive all of the promised blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to be able to return to the presence of God. When I started loving the people, I think I started to see all the joy that comes from sharing the Gospel, even if they don't accept our message or change, it doesn't even matter because I love them, and the Lord does too.
I was thinking a little about this the other week, everything God does is because he loves us. If he didn't love us I'm pretty sure his life would be pretty boring, and he'd never feel the joy that comes from seeing us progress. And even when we don't "progress" he still loves us and he's still going to do everything possible to help us.
Oops, anyways, returning back to the week we also had an exciting ward mission activity, when I first showed up here the first activity that we had, had a whopping attendance of 12 people. And this time like 50 people made it out. We did a rally, which was pretty much like field day that they have in elementary school at the end of the year, it was pretty intense. Also I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm becoming a soccer master, here in Zacatecas they play soccer almost every week, so watch out! All my other skills have gone out the window, but that's ok. Anywho I hope everyone has a great week, I love and pray for you everyday
Love Elder Webb
I'd put a picture here, but we had to go to the ciber that always eats my pictures.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"rr"

Howdy pardners,
This week was pretty good, as usual. We had like 4 meetings so that was pretty intense, every time that Presidente comes to town, there's always a bunch of meetings. If you were wondering how my Spanish is coming along, I finally learned how to do the "rr", after years of practice it finally came out. I made a ground breaking discovery that I needed to move my tonge (lengua ?) more. That was like the last important thing that I needed to learn, so nice, I guess you could say I'm a spanish master, haha just kidding.
So anyways right now Elder Adrian and I are teaching a bunch of people, but the most potentes are the family Soliz, and the family Garcia (Geovanni's family). They've both been progressing very well, and I was glad to see that they both made it out to church this week. Going to church is so important for the investigators.  If they never make it to church they'll never advance, Geovanni is preparing to be baptized on the 26th, and the one family needs to get married, so we'll see what happens.
Later, on Wednesday we had an exciting meeting with Presidente, I feel like since Presidente Hernandez has been here the mission has changed a lot. Every meeting that we have with him we can feel that he's received revelation so that we can make necessary changes that will help to work move along faster. I'm glad for the leaders we have in the church that receive revelation from God and help us see the things that we can't see or perhaps have forgotten.
So here's a fun thought, this week I was learning about light and truth, and I think a lot of times in the church we think "you know, why do I have to keep these little commandments if there's really no noticeable consequence?" For example a lot missionaries think if I don't get up at 6:30 and go to bed at 10:30 nothing's going to happen. But what we don't see is when we don't keep the commandments we loose light, we loose spiritual energy or power. And when we keep the commandments we receive more light and as we obtain more light we come to know more truth, and we are more receptive to receive and understand the truth from God. Not just my opinions or thoughts, but the truth as it has always been and will be. So the next time your going to do something that maybe doesn't have a big consequence think about this. If you don't do what's right your going to loose spiritual power, and if you do whats right you'll be a spiritual monster, and you will come to know the truth of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Welp I hope everyone has a great week.
Love-Elder Webb